RENEW on Hydropower

Hydropower in Wisconsin

Photo courtesy of North American Hydro

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.

Fast Facts

Wisconsin's Hydropower Generation

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Recent Projects

Badger Hydro Plant

  • Owned and utilized by Kaukana Utilities
  • Began operation in January 2014
  • Cost $38 million
  • Will replace two older facilities, and produce 25% more power than the two combined
  • Can power 4,500 homes per year
  • Construction companies included The Boldt Company and AECOM
  • More information can be found here

  • Angelo Dam

  • Owned by Western Technical College, and power is sold to Xcel Energy
  • Originally built in 1854 to power a saw mill, and has transferred ownership and been updated throughout its life
  • Generates 880,000 kWh per year
  • Lunda Construction
  • Western Technical College Fact Sheet