As part of its Lansing Energy Tomorrow Initiative, the Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) has begun construction of its West Side Reinforcement Project. The $33 million project will construct a new 7-mile transmission line that will connect the Erickson Switchyard to the Willow substation, which will increase reliability for electric customers on the west side and north side of the service territory for BWL.

Nationally recognized utility line clearance and pruning standards will be followed for tree trimming and removal to ensure customer and employee safety, followed by the installation of new poles and lines.

“This is all part of making the BWL the utility of the future,” said BWL General Manager Deck Peffley. “Customers demand safe, reliable and clean power, and this project is delivering on those requests.”

The Lansing Energy Tomorrow plan also involves the BWL expanding and modernizing its electric transmission system with new substations, smart grid investment and a new generation plant. It includes major upgrades to technology, such as converting to smart meters, and a new customer information system. Programs are also in the works that are responsive to customer needs and preferences like new rate offerings for high load factor customers. Additionally, a new, more flexible green rate will allow customers to purchase more renewable energy than the BWL already provides.

Completion of the project is expected in June 2018. For information, visit the Lansing Energy Tomorrow Website.



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