Lansing BWL opens natural gas fired power plant

The Lansing Board of Water and Light announced Monday its REO Town cogeneration plant is fully operational and providing energy to customers. The 100 MW natural gas-fired plant is the first new utility power plant to be built in Michigan in 25 years and BWL’s first new power plant in 40 years.

According to BWL, the plant will cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50 percent, eliminate the need to burn 351,000 tons of coal and lower mercury and sulfur dioxide emissions by more than 99 percent and nitrogen oxide emissions by 85 percent compared to the units it is replacing.

The facility was built by Lansing’s The Christman Co., Granger Construction Co., Clark Construction Co. and Kramer Management Group Inc., among other construction firms in Lansing.

The $182 million project also includes a new headquarters office building and restored Grand Trunk Western Railroad depot, which will be used as a meeting place for the BWL Board of Commissioners.

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