BWL BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS UNANIMOUS ON NEW NATURAL GAS-FIRED POWER PLANT
Unanimous approval was given to the Lansing Board of Water & Light (Lansing BWL) on March 27 for a new, cleaner and more efficient power plant fired by natural gas to complement Lansing BWL’s investment in renewable energy projects and its energy-efficiency programs. The plant will create 1,200 construction jobs and allow Lansing BWL to close its two-remaining coal-fired plants: Eckert in 2020 and Erickson in 2025.
“This process and decision has been open, transparent and participatory,” said General Manager Dick Peffley at Lansing BWL. “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 plant will be located at the Erickson Power Station facility in Delta Township as part of BWL’s Lansing Energy tomorrow plan, which is also committed to providing customers 30-percent clean energy by the end of 2020 and 40 percent by 2030. The result is a projected 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by the end of 2025, when Lansing BWL plans to retire its last coal-fired power plant.
The board action will allow the issuing of bonds up to $500 million to finance construction of the new plant, invest more renewable energy options and make other necessary operational improvements.