Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 2, 2013

New power plant opens in Lansing

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — LANSING (AP) — The Lansing Board of Water & Light opened a natural gas-fired power plant Monday, its first new plant in 40 years, saying the facility is environmentally friendly and will give the area an economic boost.

The REO Town plant was fully operational Monday, the utility said, and events marked the opening. The plant is part of a $182 million project that includes a headquarters building and a restored Grand Trunk Western Railroad depot for the BWL Board of Commissioners meetings.

“This state-of-the-art cogeneration plant scores a major victory for the environment,” J. Peter Lark, the utility’s general manager, said in a statement. “And, we’re proud that the project has been called a ‘game changer’ for economic development in the Lansing region.”

The plant will generate up to 300,000 pounds of steam for 225 steam customers in downtown Lansing, replacing the Moores Park Steam Plant. It also will provide 100 megawatts of electricity, about 20 percent of the utility’s electric generation.

The Board of Water & Light offers water, electric, steam and chilled water service to more than 100,000 residential and business customers.