Electricity Markets

Michigan’s Lansing Board of Water & Light Issues All-Source Request for Proposals

The Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) recently issued an all-source request for proposals (RFP) seeking competitive proposals to supply up to 475 megawatts (MW) firm capacity to meet customer loads into the future and to meet the planning reserve requirements of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO).

The Michigan public power utility said that proposals will help it prepare for significant load increases, adjust to accelerated coal plant retirements, and continue toward carbon neutrality.

An all‐source RFP means BWL will consider any electric supply or demand-side resources that can meet all or part of the BWL’s capacity and clean energy needs.

The RFP seeks offers from a wide range of product categories, including but not limited to the following: 

  • Group A: Renewable energy (e.g., solar, wind, hydro); Dispatchable energy storage (e.g., batteries) Dispatchable thermal generation (e.g., natural gas)
  • Group B: Energy efficiency programs, demand response programs

“The absence of a technology from the above examples should not be interpreted as exclusionary,” BWL said. All commercially viable technologies are eligible to participate.

Projects will be evaluated on a combination of quantitative and qualitative factors, including economic value, development risk, environmental stewardship, and project location.

Offers in response to the RFP are due Jan. 13, 2023, and additional details about the solicitation are available here.