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Saxon Falls Hydro Generating Station

Key facts:

Overview

Saxon Falls Hydro is located on the Montreal River where the river falls and enters into a deep picturesque canyon. The opposite ends of the Saxon Falls dam are in different states—Michigan and Wisconsin. The power plant, however, is situated on the Michigan side of the river. Saxon Falls Hydro is a run-of-the- river surge tank operation. The dam at Saxon Falls was originally built in 1913 and reconstructed in 1940. The power plant, located about 1800 feet from the dam at a point where there is a total drop of about 100 feet, is reached by stairs. A pipeline 1300 feet long extends from the head gate in the dam to a surge tank located near the power plant.

Interesting Features

The powerhouse is located in a deep picturesque canyon and a 1,300-foot pipeline provides water to it. Opposite ends of the dam are in different states, while the powerhouse is situated on the Michigan side of the river.

Environmental Highlights

As a source of electricity, hydropower is advantageous in that the fuel costs nothing. In addition, hydro facilities have low operating and maintenance costs, and their useful lifetime is well over 50 years.

For More Information Contact 1-800-895-4999

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