The Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) will add its first wind energy component to its renewable energy portfolio through a power purchase agreement with Exelon Wind that will produce wind energy-generated electricity for BWL customers starting in the fall of 2014.
The wind energy will come from eight Nordex N117 wind turbines – which are designed for moderate wind sites and will be on 300 foot towers. The turbines will be located east of Ithaca in Gratiot County approximately 45 miles north of Lansing.
“We’re excited about bringing the BWL’s first wind energy-sourced electricity supply to our customers,” said J. Peter Lark, BWL General Manager. “This adds another clean-energy component to the BWL’s renewable energy portfolio.”
“Exelon Wind is looking forward to supplying the Lansing Board of Water & Light with emission
s free renewable energy,” said Dave Drescher, vice president Wind and Solar, Exelon Power. “The project will generate significant economic benefits in Gratiot County and is an expansion to our current footprint in Michigan which consists of five wind projects.”
Each BWL wind turbine will be capable of producing 2.4 megawatts of electricity. All eight wind turbines are expected to generate approximately 60,000 megawatt hours annually, which is enough energy to power over 6,600 homes. Exelon Wind is the largest owner and operator of wind farms in Michigan.
The BWL is a leader in renewable energy, and was the first utility in Michigan to develop a renewable portfolio standard. The BWL is on track to meet the 10% renewable energy goal by 2015, as established by Michigan law.
The BWL’s renewable energy portfolio includes the BWL Moores Park hydroelectric unit along the Grand River and the BWL Cedar Street Solar Array consisting of 432 solar panels. The BWL’s REO Town Headquarters and Cogeneration Plant has solar panels on the headquarters building roof and a hydrogen fuel cell. The BWL also has agreements with Lansing’s Granger Landfill Energy which operates two facilities that generates landfill gas into electricity, and Tower/Kleber Hydro which operates a northern Michigan hydroelectric unit near Cheboygan. Adding the wind component to these existing renewable energy resources will provide over 6% of the BWL total retail electric generation.