Marquette Board of Light and Power helps UPPCO fight the Spring Storm

BLP helps UPPCO    BLP helps UPPCO

During the recent storm that ripped through the area with more than 70 mph wind gusts, the Republic, Ishpeming and Negaunee area had numerous trees toppled and power lines down.  Marquette Board of Light and Power sent two crews to the area to assist UPPCO workers to restore power to their customers.  Pictured are MBLP crew members that went to assist them:  Shawn Sheldon, Jon Betz, Travis Niemi and Chad Kauppila.  Executive Director, Paul Kitti stated “It’s all about helping our neighbors.”







The Marquette Board of Light and Power has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2016.  The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association (, a trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community owned electric utilities.

The Association helps members track outage and restoration data through its subscription-based eReliability Tracker service and then compares the data to national statistics tracked by the U.S. Energy Information Administration for all types of electric utilities.

"This recognition helps demonstrate public power's commitment to reliable electric service," said Michael Hyland, Association's Senior Vice President of Engineering Services.

Public power has a strong track record of reliability, said Hyland.  Nationwide, the average public power customer has their lights our for less than halpf the time, compared to other types of utilities.

"We are proud to receive this recognition.  It is a testament to the hard work of all our staff to ensure that the lights stay on for all our customers," said David A. Lynch, Assistant Director - Utility Operations at Marquette Board of Light and Power.

The Board of Light and Power's customers average outage time per account in 2016 was 33 minutes versus a national average of 132 minutes.  "Our continuing reinvestment into our electrical systems has reduced outages by 66% since we began tracking outage metrics in 1989" said Lynch.

Presentation on Value of Solar

The Marquette Board of Light and Power held a community forum on Wednesday June 29, 2016 in the Great Lakes Michigan Room at Northern Michigan University. The meeting was held to discuss the Rate Study for the Marquette Community Solar Garden and Net Metering Rates for residential and commercial rooftop solar projects. Chris Lund from Utility Financial Solutions presented the Solar Renewable Valuation Study, analysis and recommendations, which were given to the Board of Directors. The meeting was held to inform the public about the Renewable Rate Structures and give the public an opportunity to comment and ask questions. A copy of the presentation can be found by clicking here.

 MI Solar Renewable Study

Marquette Board of Light and Power has recently employed Utilty Financial Services to complete a study on renawable energy in Marquette County. For complete report please click here


 BLP Line Crew on call 24 hours a day

Marquette Board of Light and Power Line Crews are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to customer service inquiries and outages.