The Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) in Michigan has given final approval to build a 250 MW natural gas-fired power plant. The board of commissioners voted unanimously to issue bonds for up to $500 million to finance the plant. The new gas-fired facility was announced in 2017 to replace coal-fired units, with construction slated to start in 2019. The plant would also help BWL fulfill its “Lansing Energy Tomorrow” plan to provide 30% “clean” energy to its nearly 97,000 customers by 2020 and 40% by 2030. The plan also calls for more renewable energy. The gas-fired plant is to be built at the site of BWL’s coal-fired Erickson Power Station in Delta Township; Erickson is scheduled to close in 2025. The board also agreed to close the 375 MW Eckert coal-fired plant in 2020.
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