Apparently the idea that Michigan already has 5 new, additive coal plant proposals with 2300 + MW added capacity either approved (NMU @ 10 MW) or under consideration for air permits (Holland BPW @ 78 MW, Consumers Energy Karn Weadock @ 930 MW, Wolverine in Rogers City @ 600, and Dynegy/LS Power in Midland @ 750 MW), is not enough to discourage Lansing Board of Water and Light to propose its own 250 MW facility next to Lansing. Oh that’s right -- DTE also wants a nuclear plant too, at least two other coal facilities are also being actively discussed (Alma M&M Energy and Tondu’s Filer Twp).
The particular irony here is that the head of BWL, Peter Lark, was the
head of the MI Public Service Commission 21st Century Energy Plan
issued in 2007 that said that Michigan needs only 1 base load electric plant if
the state does what needs to be done to save energy and employ readily
available renewable sources. In fact, while Mr. Lark is quoted below
saying demand is growing, when in fact many other electric and non-electric
plans new $1B plant near Delta Twp. facility
Customers want more energy.
Regulators want it cleaner.
And a local power company says the way to appease both is with a new $1 billion power plant.
Lansing Board of Water & Light on Tuesday announced
plans to build a mostly coal-fired plant near its existing
Two-thirds of the electricity generated at the new plant would come from low-sulfur coal. Biomass such as waste wood, paper and crop residue would fuel the rest.
Customers will pay for construction, according to the BWL, through 30- or 40-year bonds. Those bonds are then to be funded with an estimated 7 percent rate increase.
In all, the plant would produce 250 megawatts at any given moment, enough to light up 125,000 homes and to help BWL keep pace with what it sees as increased demand by businesses and residents alike.
"We are growing," BWL General Manager J. Peter Lark said. "There's no doubt about it. We are providing more electricity than ever before."
Anne M. Woiwode, State Director
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