Cogeneration plant under construction in Michigan, US

The Michigan town of Lansing’s Board of Water and Light (BWL) has announced the beginning of construction on the board's new cogeneration power plant.

A 160-foot high crane will be used to erect the structural steel for the $182m cogeneration plant and the facility is expected to be fully operational in July, 2013.

The co-generation plant is the BWL's first natural gas-fired energy generation facility, and is expected to generate up to 100 MW of electricity.

Steam generated in the process will serve the board's 225 steam customers in and near downtown Lansing.

BWL said in a statement that the switch to natural gas will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent, and avoid burning 139000 tons of coal per year.

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