April 18th is National Lineman Appreciation Day. In honor of the City of Norway’s linemen, and in observance of that day, Norway Public Utilities commends and gives thanks to those men and their commitment to providing reliable service and safety to Greater Norway’s households, businesses, and other essential community places.
Lineworkers play a paramount role in shaping our community, maintaining the standards of living that we too often take for granted, and creating comforts in our homes and workplaces that we would not have without their skills and dedication.
Our linemen are on call twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week, year in and year out. They do more than keep our lights on and restore our power when there is an outage. They work in severe weather to serve our neighborhoods. They work in dangerous conditions to keep us safe.
If you would like to show your appreciation for the excellent job that the City’s lineworkers do, mail communications to 915 Main St. Norway, MI 49870
There continues to be a strong demand for highly trained lineworkers. Learning the trade often involves completing a technical college program, followed by an apprenticeship. It’s a challenging but rewarding profession that requires significant training, knowledge, attention to detail, and physical stamina.
Each year, Norway Public Utilities awards a $1,000 scholarship, or two $500 scholarships to high school seniors who plan to attend a.) a Wisconsin technical college that offers an Electrical Power Distribution program, b.) a Wisconsin technical college that offers an Electrical Engineering program, or c.) a Wisconsin technical college that offers an Engineering program (priority is allocated in that order). Use the contact information above to obtain more information.
NORWAY POWER OUTAGE CONTACTS
During normal business hours, call:
906-563-9961, extension 200, 201, or 202 (Lisa, Christine, or Jamie, at City Hall).
After hours, call:
774-6262 (Dickinson County Sheriff’s Dept.)
Let them know you have power through Norway Public Utilities, not WE Energies.
They will dispatch an on-call City of Norway lineman.
Most energy used by residents of Norway and surrounding areas is generated right here in Norway. Better yet, we produce the energy without fossil fuels. Through a process that is environmentally responsible, Norway’s energy comes from one of the most natural resources there is; the power of water.
The project done on the Sturgeon Falls Hydro Dam from 2006 to 2012 is already making good on its returns. At its peak, the Hydro produces more power in a month than is used by Greater Norway.
What does it mean? For the City, less reliance on outside energy sources. For you, lower cost for the energy your household needs. Simply put, Norway’s hydropower is one of the most beneficial aspects of our community. That’s something we can be proud of.
Norway Public Utilities is green, going strong, and getting better all the time. The efforts and investments we’ve made are bringing positive and profitable results right back to the City of Norway. And while they set a great example for other localities, we’re achieving our goals with one municipality in mind…
our very own.
History of our Hydro
In 1904 the Penn Iron Mining Company began to investigate the possibility of developing a means to utilize water power at Sturgeon Falls, planning to transmit power by means of compressed air or electricity to operate the mine at Vulcan, MI, located about 3 miles from Sturgeon Falls. The company decided that a hydroelectric facility would provide the greatest economic benefit and began construction in 1905.
A dam and powerhouse were constructed in 1906 and the first power was used in the mines in April 1907. All of the machinery at the Penn mines, with the exception of two hoists, was operated by electrical power. In 1947 Penn sold the Sturgeon Falls plant to the City of Norway.
Today, Sturgeon Falls Hydro continues to provide reliable electric power to the City of Norway and the surrounding area. The average power output is approximately 2.3 Megawatts. For several months in the spring, the Hydro produces its maximum output of 5 Megawatts of power, with a water flow of 13,200 Cubic feet per second. The Hydro produces approximately 2/3 of Norway's power needs, the City purchasing the rest from WPPI.