The Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) will begin demolition on four structures at the Eckert Power Station site this week. The Eckert stacks, known fondly in the community as Wynken, Blynken and Nod, will not be impacted.
Demolition will include the water cooling towers, east and west coal handling structures and the ash silo structure and is scheduled to continue through early 2023. See attached site map.
“The Eckert Power Station is a valuable part of BWL history, serving the community for nearly 100 years,” said Dick Peffley, General Manager of the Lansing Board of Water & Light. “Now we begin the necessary demolition to make this site ready for future development while maintaining its history through the stacks. ”
The Eckert Power Station was first commissioned in 1924 and was recently decommissioned in 2020. Erickson Power Station will be decommissioned at the end of this year making BWL the largest utility in Michigan to generate coal- free power by 2022, reducing our carbon emissions by 80 percent. BWL is committed to providing 50 percent clean energy by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2040.
The BWL has approximately 100,000 electric customers, 58,000 water customers, 155 steam customers and 19 chilled water customers. For more information about the BWL’s energy portfolio and to view a tour of the new plant, visit www.lbwl.com/facilities.