LRCC Calls for Greater Transparency and Accountability at Lansing BWL
Monday, January 19, 2015
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Calls for Greater Transparency and Accountability at Lansing Board of Water and Light
The recent decision by the Board of Commissioners of the Lansing Board of Water and Light (LBWL) to change leadership at LBWL offers an opportunity for operational changes that can benefit the entire region, according to the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC).
“The Board of Water and Light now has an opportunity to build much needed transparency and fiscal and regional accountability into its organization,” said Tim Daman, LRCC president and chief executive officer.
Previously the LRCC has publically called for LBWL to implement all of the recommendations that were advanced by the Community Review Team and the state Public Service Commission in the aftermath of the December 2013 ice storm that ravaged the region. LRCC will continue to monitor progress in making those operational and policy improvements. LRCC is also urging the LBWL Board of Commissioners to review all aspects of the LBWL operation.
LRCC members have expressed concern over the impact of a recent LBWL electric rate increase.
“We can’t overstate the importance of affordable energy in our region especially from an economic development and job creation standpoint,” said Daman.
Daman said it is time for the LBWL, the City of Lansing and ratepayers to think about tough choices in regards to the future of the municipal utility. Among options that might be considered for discussion could be the financial benefit Lansing and the region would receive from the sale of LBWL.
“The City of Lansing is faced with financial challenges including more than 600 million dollars in unfunded liabilities,” said John Brown, Chair of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “Everything should be on the table for public discussion.”
The mission of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) is to be the preeminent business advocacy organization in the Greater Lansing region by collaborating for economic growth, creating new opportunities for our members and upholding pro-business ideals through the advancement of sound public policy. More information about LRCC and its programs and services can be found on any of its social media platforms, including www.lansingchamber.org, Facebook, Twitter (@Lansing Chamber), LinkedIn and YouTube.