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Delta County Profile

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Energy
Electricity
Delta County is served by three major customer owned electric utilities, all of which offer reliable power and transmission; competitive rates; incentives and programs designed to encourage economic development; and renewable energy capabilities.  Their not-for-profit status allows them to keep operating costs as low as possible, which is beneficial to business.

The City of Escanaba electric utility is in negotiations to sell its coal-fired generation plant, and one potential buyer has proposed converting the plant to woody biomass. Escanaba’s commercial rates – except for those under special arrangements – are set by city ordinance and are detailed in the 2012 Cost of Service and Rate Study.
The City of Gladstone Department of Power & Light is a not-for-profit municipal utility that serves the Gladstone city limits, including the Gladstone Industrial Park, the Westridge Heights subdivision, Kipling, and the North Country subdivision. Gladstone’s commercial and industrial electric rates are arranged in tiers by energy usage and time-of-use rates may be available as needed.  It purchases electricity from WPPI Energy, a regional power supplier.  The utility can provide operating cost estimates and energy cost comparisons for existing facilities or new businesses looking to relocate into the area. Utility staff can also provide free energy assessments to identify potential energy-efficiency and cost-saving measures for existing and new facilities.  For more information on the energy services programs available within the City of Gladstone service area, contact Energy Services Representative Brett Niemi at (906) 284-2298 or bniemi@wppienergy.org.

Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association is a not-for-profit cooperative utility serving several counties throughout the central Upper Peninsula, including Delta County. In the county, its service territory includes Bay De Noc, Brampton, Ensign, Fairbanks, Garden, Masonville, Nahma and Wells.   Commercial and Farm rate information is available online.  It purchases electricity from WPPI Energy, a regional power supplier.  The utility can provide operating cost estimates and energy cost comparisons for existing facilities or new businesses looking to relocate into the area. Utility staff can also provide free energy assessments to identify potential energy-efficiency and cost-saving measures for existing and new facilities.  For more information on the energy services programs available within the Alger Delta Electric service area, contact Energy Services Representative Brett Niemi at (906) 284-2298 or bniemi@wppienergy.org.
A modern, high-voltage electric transmission system throughout the Upper Peninsula assures reliability. American Transmission Co. (ATC) owns and operates the high-voltage system, which will be expanded through the Bay Lake project to include two 138-kV lines between the Menominee County and Delta County.


UPPCO: Through working with many different businesses over many years, UPPCO has ac
quired expertise, skills and resources that can solve problems, create opportunities, and foster economic growth. In addition to their own business assistance programs, they are tied into networks of both public and private resources. Contact UPPCO for more information. Contact their Economic Development Staff


Gas

Two major pipelines cross through Delta County:  MichCon Consolidated Gas line and the Great Lakes Gas Transmission line

Michigan cycles more natural gas through underground storage and has over 10 percent of the U.S. natural gas storage capacity.  During winter, gas can be withdrawn from the 649 billion cubic feet of storage to supply in-state and neighboring state users.  For more information visit:
http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/mpsc/reports/energy/energyoverview/

DTE Energy:  MichCon, a subsidiary of DTE, has been in Delta County since1968 with a Field Service Station in Escanaba, MI. For more information visit: http://www.dteenergy.com/

 




Water

The City of Escanaba owns and operates an 8mgd complete treatment water filtration plan and approximately 80 miles of water distribution main.  Escanaba supplies water for potions of Wells Township.  Additionally, there are water systems in Rock, Garden, Ford River, and Nahma. 

The City of Gladstone Water Department operates and maintains the Filtration Plant along with its distribution system which runs throughout the city.  The distribution system includes over 37 miles of water main, 1,800 customer laterals, a 500,000 gallon ground storage tank, a 1,000,000 gallon under ground elevated reservoir, a 200,000 gallon elevated storage tank, one booster station and 265 fire hydrants.  The plant has been maintained and upgraded over the years to keep up with modern technology and to continuously improve finished water quality.
 
Permits for water wells are managed by the Public Health, Delta Menominee Counties

 
Wastewater

The City of Escanaba wastewater Treatment System is a Class B, Complete Mix Activated Sludge Plant with Anaerobic Digestion, Liquid Sludge Disposal and Chlorine Disinfection. Design Flow of 2.2 MGD with a Peak Flow of 5.0 MGD.
 
The City of Gladstone’s wastewater plant is designed to treat one million gallons of wastewater per day.  The collection system stretches over 30 miles from City limits in all directions and parts of Rapid River.
 
Permits for syptic systems are managed by the Public Health, Delta Menominee Counties

 
Telephone

Telephone service in Delta County is handled by SBC, AT&T, and CenturyTel.
 
Solutions Telecommunications is a Five Star Ameritech Distribution for UP Sale and Service of phone systems including:  Northern Telcom, Lucent, and Mital & Panasonic.  They also provide sales and Installation of cellular phones.
 
Wireless phone services licensed in Delta County include: T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, Cricket, Sprint, Cellcom, Frontier Wireless, Wittenberg Telephone, and CenturyTel
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Internet

Internet Services are provided in Delta County by DS Tech, Charter Communications, and AT&T.  

In addition, Merit Network was awarded federal stimulus funding  to build 1,270 miles of fiber-optic infrastructure in the Northern Lower and Upper Peninsulas of Michigan. REACH-3MC is a Public-Private Collaboration that will benefit Michigan communities. Merit will connect Community Anchor Institutions, such as libraries, education, government and healthcare. Commercial Sub-recipients will provide service to homes and businesses.