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.

Number of Hydro Facilities

Equivalent Homes Powered

Our Work to Advance Hydropower

Renewable Portfolio Standard

Hydropower was the first renewable energy resource in Wisconsin, and is still an important part of our energy mix.  Our work to create a renewable portfolio standard in 1999 and expand it in 2006 created more benefits and markets for Wisconsin hydropower plants.

Case Studies

Case Study

Badger Hydro Plant

Owned and utilized by Kaukana Utilities, the Badger Hydro Plant began operation in January of 2014. It cost $38 million and replaced 2 older facilities and produces 25% more power than the two combined.

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Case Study

Angelo Dam

The Angelo Dam, located on the La Crosse River near the city of Sparta, first generated energy in 1898 and produced power until 1969. Western Technical College purchased the dam in 2010 and decided to bring the power station back online.

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