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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ludington Reservoir Overlook

The Ludington Power Plant, a 37 year old hydroelectric plant and reservoir in Ludington, is owned by Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison.   Built between 1969-73, it consists of a reservoir 110 ft deep, 2.5 miles long and one mile wide, holding 27 billion US gallons of water.  Water is pumped up to the reservoir from Lake Michigan at night and during the day the turbines run in the opposite direction to create electricity. It can produce 1872 megawatts of electricity and provide enough power for 1.4 million people.  There's an observation overlook and trail where we viewed the engineering marvel and the huge reservoir that is considered one of the world's biggest electric batteries. 

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