RENEW on Hydropower
Hydropower in Wisconsin
Wisconsin has a long history with hydropower: the first hydroelectric power plant began operating here in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1882. A lot of hydropower production was built in the early 1900s through the 1970s, and its contribution to our electric generating capacity, about 4.1%, has remained fairly steady since then.
However, two hydropower plants came online in 2014 (see Recent Projects below), and new companies like Cadens, LLC are looking to engineer innovative ways to harness the power of water.
Wisconsin's Hydropower Generation
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Badger Hydro Plant