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Lansing to add wind power to its renewable energy portfolio


From the September 16, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published September 16, 2013

The Lansing, Mich., Board of Water & Light will add its first wind energy component to its renewable energy portfolio through a power purchase agreement with Exelon Wind that will produce wind energy-generated electricity for BWL customers starting in the fall of 2014. The wind energy will come from eight Nordex N117 wind turbines, which are designed for moderate wind sites and will be capable of producing 2.4 megawatts of electricity each, the utility said. 

"We’re excited about bringing the BWL’s first wind energy-sourced electricity supply to our customers," said J. Peter Lark, BWL General Manager. "This adds another clean-energy component to the BWL’s renewable energy portfolio."

The eight wind turbines are expected to generate approximately 60,000 megawatt hours annually, which is enough energy to power over 6,600 homes, Lansing said. The turbines will be will be on 300 foot towers  and will be located approximately 45 miles north of Lansing.

The BWL was the first utility in Michigan to develop a renewable portfolio standard, and said it is on track to meet the 10% renewable energy goal by 2015, as established by Michigan law. Adding the wind component to its existing renewable energy resources, which include hydro, solar and landfill gas, will provide over 6% of its total retail electric generation, the utility said.

 

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