Welcome to the Marquette BLP
Welcome to the Marquette Board of Light and Power where we value customer service and are very proud of our 125 year legacy of providing low cost, reliable and safe electrical energy services to our customers in an environmentally friendly manner. Our Board of Directors, Staff and employees consider it a privilege and honor to serve the City of Marquette and surrounding townships.
Paul A. Kitti
Check out our commemorative video produced by Joker Media!
For more information on our History please visit our History page under About Us or click here
PRESS RELEASE – TELEPHONE SCAM THREATENING SERVICE DISCONNECTION
The Marquette Board of Light and Power (MBLP) was recently notified by a commercial customer that they had been contacted via telephone and were advised their electric service would be disconnected if they didn’t provide financial or credit card information to make payment within 30 minutes.
This most recent telephone scam was NOT from the MBLP’s office located in Marquette. The phone number reported was from the Houston, Texas area. Our Marquette customer service staff works closely with customers and various agencies to help those who need assistance paying their bills. If a MBLP employee was to call you, it would be from a local, Marquette phone number. The MBLP was targeted by a similar phone scam last summer by a caller was from the Detroit area. In both instances, utility staff notified the Marquette Police Department of the scams.
If you receive a telephone call from anyone threatening disconnection of your electric service from the MBLP, do not provide any financial information, write down the phone number, hang up, and call the MBLP at 228-0311 during regular business hours or after hours seven days a week at 228-0300. Our phones are answered 24/7 by MBLP employees. MBLP DOES NOT DISCONNECT service over the phone and in all cases the customer is contacted by mail first.
Dam Safety is a Shared Responsibility
Since the 1920’s, the Marquette Board of Light and Power has maintained the Forestville Dam and the Tourist Park Dam located in the City and the Township of Marquette.
These dams provide many benefits to our community and we pride ourselves in taking the best care of them that is possible. But they can also pose a significant flood risk if they fail.
Because Dam Safety is a shared responsibility, you are encouraged to know your risk, know your role, know the benefits of our local dams and take action in an emergency.
Know your risk:
Unfortunately, in May of 2003, a breach in the Silver Lake Basin Dam caused a release of 8 billion gallons of water along the Dead River causing $100 million worth of damage and power outages all across the area. The flood destroyed the Tourist Park Hydro Plant and Dam. During the next ten years, the BLP worked tirelessly with the city, community members and Federal and State authorities to restore the plant and the dam.
In October 10, 2012, after spending $4.8 million, the Tourist Park Dam was rededicated to the community. The MBLP continues to work with Federal and State authorities to maintain and monitor these dams.
Know your role:
Know your dams in your area and be aware of potential maintenance issues and report them to the BLP or authorities immediately.
The MBLP works with Federal and State regulators to comply with all the safety standards and has a Emergency Action Plan in place.
Know the Benefits of our Dams:
These dams provide hydropower to the BLP for transmission to the City of Marquette and nine surrounding townships.
These dams offer many recreational activities for the community, such as, access to fishing, kayaking, swimming, along with acres of wildlife habitat, trails and wetlands to enjoy.
Your responsibility is to know your evacuation routes and have an Emergency Action Plan in place for your family and/or business should you need to evacuate quickly due to a dam failure upstream.
Maintain Federal flood insurance if you live near or below a dam. For more information go to www.fema.gov/related-links-about-dams. To learn more about Tourist Park, view our Commemorative Video.