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BWL’s First Wind Energy-generated Electricity Project is Operational

Tuesday, December 16, 2014   (0 Comments)
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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Contact: Stephen Serkaian, sxs@lbwl.com

517-702-6735, 517-881-4085

 

BWL’s First Wind Energy-generated Electricity Project is Operational

The Lansing Board of Water & Light’s first wind energy-generated electricity project has reached commercial operation and is providing power to customers. It is the BWL’s first wind energy component to its renewable energy portfolio provided by a power purchase agreement with Exelon Wind.

“This is an exciting day for the BWL, as wind energy expands and diversifies our cleaner and greener energy portfolio for our customers,” said General Manager J. Peter Lark. “We’re proud to be a leader in renewable energy, as we were the first utility in Michigan to develop a renewable portfolio standard.”

The wind energy comes from eight Nordex N117 wind turbines designed for moderate wind sites on 300 foot towers. The project is located east of Ithaca in Gratiot County approximately 45 miles north of Lansing.

Each wind turbine is capable of producing 2.4 megawatts of electricity. All eight wind turbines are expected to generate approximately 60,000 megawatt hours annually, which is enough energy to power over 6,600 homes. Exelon Wind is the largest owner and operator of wind farms in Michigan.

The BWL’s renewable energy portfolio includes the BWL Moores Park hydroelectric unit along the Grand River and the BWL Cedar Street Solar Array consisting of 817 solar panels. The BWL’s REO Town Headquarters and Cogeneration Plant has solar panels on the headquarters building roof and a hydrogen fuel cell. The BWL also has agreements with Lansing’s Granger Landfill Energy which operates two facilities that generates landfill gas into electricity, and Tower/Kleber Hydro which operates a northern Michigan hydroelectric unit near Cheboygan. Adding the wind component to these existing renewable energy resources will provide over 6 percent of the BWL total retail electric generation.

The BWL is on track to meet the 10% renewable energy goal by 2015, as established by Michigan law.

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