Department of Power & Light
1000 Saginaw Street
P.O. Box 99
Norway, MI 49870
phone (906) 563-9641, ext. 501
Joe Pickart, Utilities Superintendent--(Pictured right)
phone 906-563-9641, ext. 500
See more Power & Light photos in
"Our City in Pictures" link on the left.
Joe Pickart, Superintendent
Utilities Clerk/Utilities Adm. Assistant – Lisa Carson phone 906-563-9641, ext. 501-fax 906-563-7502
Constructing, repairing, and maintaining electric service to city utility customers.
Operation and maintanence of the Sturgeon Falls Dam.
Erecting holiday & event decorations, flags, and banners.
In 1904 the Penn Iron Mining Company began to investigate the possibility of developing a means to utilize water power at Sturgeon Falls. They planned 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 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 Iron Mining Company's mines, with the exception of two hoists, was operated by electrical power. In 1947 the Penn Iron Mining Company 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 and 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. Sturgeon Falls hydro produces approximately 2/3 of Norway's power needs, the city purchases the rest from an independent power producer.
30 Year FERC License pdf
Cost of Service Study pdf
Electric System Review pdf
Renewable Energy FAQs pdf
To have any of the services hooked up for this department, please see the Utlity Billing page.