Green Power to Be Sold in Michigan

Another municipal utility in the United States has approved a green power program for its customers.

LANSING, Michigan, US, 2001-07-19 [] Another municipal utility in the United States has approved a green power program for its customers. The Lansing Board of Water & Light has formally launched its ‘GreenWise Electric Power’ option to its 97,000 customers. The monthly premium of $7.50 will provide 250 kWh of electricity from water, wind or biomass sources. The initial portfolio will include electricity that comes equally from a local landfill site and the balance from two small hydroelectric facilities in Cheboygan County. The public utility is in final negotiations with two companies to supply 8.7 million kWh a year of green energy. Information and sign-up forms will be included in utility bills mailed this month to customers in the Greater Lansing area. “Our coal-fired power plants help us keep our rates down while still meeting all state and federal environmental regulations,” says Diane Royal, chair of BWL’s Board of Commissioners. “At the same time we realize many of our customers want their electricity from cleaner, renewable energy sources and are willing to pay the additional price it costs to produce that kind of energy. Our GreenWise Electric Power program allows us to meet that need without imposing the additional cost on the rest of our customers.” The program will provide 2,700 blocks of renewable energy power, with each block consisting of 250 kWh to meet half the monthly energy needs of an average residential customer. If demand for renewable energy exceeds the initial supply, BWL will expand the program. Each year, a 250 kWh block of energy will displace 6,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions compared with traditional coal-fired plants, as well as 40 pounds of sulfur dioxide and 16 pounds of nitrogen oxide. BWL is the largest of 40 municipally-owned electric utilities in Michigan and is one of the largest 20 municipal utilities in the country. Rates are the lowest in the state, at an average of 20 percent below other utilities in Michigan.
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