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BWL Board of Commissioners Unanimously Approves New Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant

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3/28/2018 11:55:00 AM

The Lansing Board of Water & Light Board of Commissioners gave unanimous final approval Tuesday night for a new, cleaner and efficient natural gas-fired power plant to complement BWL’s investment in renewable energy projects and its energy efficiency programs. The action allows BWL to close its two remaining coal-fired power plants, Eckert in 2020 and Erickson and in 2025.   

“This process and decison has been open, transparent and participatory,” said BWL General Manger Dick Peffley. “BWL’s environmental stewardship is second to none in Michigan and will help us become the utility of the future. I’m proud we’re leading this effort, and that no other utility in the state will have coal free generation and reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2025 like the BWL. Our plan will allow us to continue to provide clean, reliable and affordable energy to our customers for years to come.”  

The new plant will create 1,200 construction jobs and be located at the Erickson Power Station facility in Delta Township as part of BWL’s Lansing Energy Tomorrow plan. The board action will allow the BWL to issue bonds up to $500 million to finance construction of the new plant, invest in more renewable energy options and make other necessary, operational improvements.   

As part of BWL’s Lansing Energy Tomorrow plan and in addition to the new plant, the BWL is committed to provide customers 30 percent clean energy by the end of 2020 and 40 percent clean energy by 2030. The result is a projected 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by the end of 2025 when the BWL retires its last coal-fired power plant.