Rep Glenn tours hydro facility in Sanford

first_imgFrom left: Lee Mueller, Rep. Glenn, and facilities operators Ron Heilig of Sanford and Dave Kovacevich of Midland.Lee Mueller, owner of Boyce Hydro and the Sanford Lake Dam, recently hosted Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, vice chair of the state House Energy Policy Committee, on a tour of the 92-year-old facility, which has a total generating capacity of 3.6 megawatts of electricity using three water-driven turbine generators. Boyce Hydro sells the electricity generated by the dam to both Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison, the state’s two publicly-regulated electrical utilities. Rep. Glenn said the tour was a valuable source of information in advance of an April 13 hearing before the Energy Policy Committee in Lansing. The Legislature is preparing to rewrite state energy policy in response to the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s threatened shutdown this year of up to nine coal-fired electricity-generating plants in Michigan’s lower peninsula. Major area employers and taxpayers such as Dow Chemical, Dow Corning, Hemlock Semiconductors and Midland Cogeneration Venture will be significantly impacted by the rewrite, Rep. Glenn said. Categories: Glenn News,Glenn Photos Sanford Lake Dam owner Lee Mueller, right, explains the history and operation of the facility to Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, vice chair of the state House Energy Policy Committee.center_img 30Mar Rep. Glenn tours hydro facility in Sanfordlast_img

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