Over 128 Years of Service to Marquette

The MBLP has been providing safe, reliable,and affordable power for over 128 years. MBLP serves over 16,856 customers in the City of Marquette and all or parts of nine townships:  Marquette, Negaunee, Ishpeming, West Branch, Richmond, Chocolay, Skandia, Sands and Forsyth. 

  • We have 72 full time employees.

  • We have a Board of Directors consisting of 5 elected members.

  • We have the largest geographical "footprint" of any municipal electric utility in the state covering approximately 225 square miles.

  • Generation Sources are:

  • Unit No 3, a coal fired generator which generates 44 MW and is ranked as one of the cleanest coal-fired plants in the country based on SO2 emission rates.

  • Two Hydro Plants:  Forestville and Tourist Park

  • Marquette Energy Center scheduled for full commissioning in June, 2017.  This plant consists of (3) 18 megawatt Wartsila Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines which are dual fueled by natural gas and fuel oil.

New Generation Project

The Marquette Board of Light & Power is pleased to announce our New Generation Project, which includes three (3) Wartsila environmentally clean reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE) that will supply 50 Mega Watts of quick start (at any time) power.  The MBLP has set the bar high to ensure our customers have reliable, affordable and clean power for years to come. 


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By moving forward with this New Energy Center, the BLP will:

  • Ensure Reliability for decades to come.
  • Retain Local Control and Local Ownership.
  • Jobs, dollars and taxes will be kept locally for reinvestment in the community.
  • Supports Michigan Smart Zones for new and emerging business development and entrepreneurial growth.
  • Will support Future Renewable Resources, like solar and wind with quick start and black start power.
  • Will support Duke Life Point’s $400 million Hospital.
  • Units are Environmentally Friendly, using less than 1 gallon of water a week.
  • Units are quick start (available at any time), black start and dual fuel. Supports the Governor’s “Michigan Energy Solution” by adding the BLP’s Community Solution
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