BWL to Hold Grand Opening Ceremony for New Delta Energy Park
MEDIA NOTE: This is an active power plant. Please wear closed-toe shoes.
The Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) will celebrate the grand opening of its new, cleaner and more efficient $500 million natural gas-fired combine cycle generating Delta Energy Park (DEP) and the pending retirement of the coal-fired Erickson Power Station later this year at an event tomorrow, Tuesday, August 23.
WHEN: Tuesday, August 23 – Light refreshments at 10am, Program begins at 10:15am
WHERE: 3725 S. Canal Rd., Lansing – enter at construction entrance, NOT plant main gate
WHO: BWL General Manager Dick Peffley, BWL Commission Chair Semone James, Delta Township Supervisor Ken Fletcher, Lansing Mayor Andy Schor, State Representative Angela Witwer, State Senator Tom Barrett, Business Manager IBEW #665 Aaron Pangborn
Delta Energy Park generates 250 megawatts and officially began operating on March 16, 2022. Located at the Erickson Power Station in Delta Township, DEP is BWL’s second natural gas plant. The new plant replaces BWL’s coal-fired Eckert Power Station which retired in 2020, and supports the utility’s increased renewable portfolio.
Erickson’s retirement will make the BWL the largest utility in Michigan to generate coal-free power by 2022, reducing its carbon emissions by 80 percent.