J. Peter Lark became the General Manager of the Lansing Board of Water & Light in 2007. In his first year, Lark has established the BWL as a state leader in renewable energy and energy conservation. Within a month of taking over the reins, he announced an historic, 21-year agreement to buy electricity generated by landfill gases, a source of renewable energy. In November 2008, thousands of Lansing-area homes began receiving this type of “green” energy. In December 2008, the BWL powered up its first solar array – Michigan’s largest – which is now providing solar-generated electricity to its customers.
Lark is a Director of the Michigan Municipal Electric Association, where he has served as both Vice President and President. In 2007, he was presented with the MMEA’s Public Service Award. Previously, Lark was Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission. In 2006, he authored “Michigan's 21st Century Electric Energy Plan,” a blueprint for Michigan's energy future.
In 2003, Lark served on the Joint United States - Canada Energy Task Force, established by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to investigate the 2003 blackout.
Lark also served as an Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Special Litigation Division, which advocated on behalf of the Attorney General before the Michigan Public Service Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.