250-MW Gas Plant to Replace Coal in Michigan’s Capital City


By Editors of Power Engineering

The Lansing Board of Water & Light announced plans to build a 250-MW gas-fired power plant at the site of one of the coal plants the utility plans to retire.

The plant will begin construction adjacent to the 155-MW Erickson Power Plant, which will be taken offline by 2025, the Lansing State Journal reported. Additionally, the 375-MW Eckert Power Plant will shut down in 2020.

Dick Peffley, general manager of BWL, said the location was chosen to allow the utility to reuse existing infrastructure.

The closure of both plants will lower BWL’s carbon emissions by 80 percent, though the utility will still have a power purchase agreement with Detroit Edison Company’s coal-fired Belle River Plant. 

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