Cloverland Electric Cooperative was founded in 1938. Prior to 1936, much of rural America was without electricity. In fact, it wasn’t until the passage of the Rural Electrification Act, under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, that electricity would begin its move into America’s rural countryside. Electric cooperatives were organized to provide this service and make the dream of electricity on the farm a reality.
When the lines were originally energized, Cloverland brought power to 1,090 co-op members. Today, the company serves approximately 42,000 accounts, including electric service to more islands than any other cooperative in the nation.
In 2010, the cooperative doubled in size through the acquisition of Edison Sault Electric Company. Cloverland now maintains local control of the hydroelectric plant in Sault Ste. Marie. From 1910-1963, the plant was used to generate electricity for the Union Carbide complex located on that property.
In 1963, Union Carbide decided to sell the complex, providing an opportunity for Edison Sault to purchase the facility and convert it into one capable of producing electricity for consumers in the area. The plant was purchased by Edison Sault in 1963.
Representation in Lansing, adequate generation and transmission are some the greatest challenges we currently face. It is vitally important to have the necessary infrastructure in the UP to enable the Lower Peninsula and the UP to be electrically connected appropriately. This will enable the UP to support existing business and attract new ventures.
The greatest opportunity facing us is working with our regional partners in economic development and job creation. Our low-cost hydro provides value for our businesses. We have nearly 50 percent of our power from renewable hydro power.
WHY I BELONG TO THE CHAMBER
The Chamber keeps Cloverland informed on issues that directly impact our industry. The meetings and speakers directly tie to things impacting Cloverland. We can add our support to the Chamber’s efforts on various legislative issues.
A KEY TAKEAWAY
Cloverland members enjoy some of the lowest electric rates in the state thanks to the 115-year old hydroelectric plant here on the St. Mary’s River. We are investing a lot of money in the plant to make sure that it will continue to provide low-cost hydro power for generations to come.