May 24, 2016
Regina Strong, 248.991.5701, firstname.lastname@example.org
LBWL’s Plan Lacks Definite Retirement Dates for Erickson and Eckert Coal Plants; Overlooks Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Study results were presented during the comment period at the LBWL Board of Commissioners meeting this evening. Expert analysis of publicly available information used to create the LBWL’s Citizens Advisory Committee’s plan revealed serious flaws in the process, which could lead to wasteful, costly and unnecessary investments by the utility.
Significant problems with the IRP Report include:
- The failure to evaluate an earlier retirement date for the Erickson coal-fired power plant;
- The failure to include reasonable energy efficiency and demand response goals, which could reduce the need for new capacity;
- The failure to include all resources in the modeling, leading the model to overpredict the need for capacity by approximately 80-200 MW; and
- The failure to consider a scenario that would minimize environmental and health impacts.
Announcing the new report, Brad van Guilder, Sierra Club Michigan Beyond Coal Campaign's Lansing Organizer released the following statement:
“Lansing area residents could benefit greatly from a plan that maximizes both energy efficiency and renewable energy, taking advantage of clean technology that continues to become cheaper and more cost-effective. Instead, the IRP Report proposes to continue to rely on dirty fossil fuels, potentially wasting tens if not hundreds of millions of customer dollars.
“LBWL must fix the issues identified by our experts and provide the people of Lansing with a fair and transparent understanding of its resource options. LBWL is a publicly-owned utility, and it should be providing the public with the best information and options possible as the city plans its energy future.”