Lansing BWL

Lansing Board of Water & Light

Master Planning for Energy System Advancement

Downtown Lansing is served by a local district energy system owned and operated by the Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL). BWL is a municipally-owned utility that supplies electricity, water, steam, and chilled water to the community with a mission of providing safe, reliable, and affordable utility products and services to the Greater Lansing Region.

To support this mission, BWL is working with its consultant, Ever-Green Energy, to develop an energy master plan that will identify preferred strategies for advancing its district energy systems.

Ever-Green’s Role

Ever-Green is leveraging its experience advancing community energy systems such as Duluth Energy Systems, Energy Park Utility Company, and District Energy Saint Paul to lead an energy master planning process that will evaluate the potential of the BWL systems, including:

  • Improving energy efficiency
  • Reducing costs
  • Investing in infrastructure
  • Growing the system
  • Identifying opportunities for further system integration in the community

A system-specific master plan is critically important to carry energy system advancement projects from development through implementation while mitigating risk and maximizing efficiencies.

In the fall of 2019, the Ever-Green Energy team will be gathering information to learn from the experiences of the BWL staff and customers, in an effort to better understand strengths and weaknesses of the current system, and begin evaluating opportunities to improve the system.

Throughout this effort, our team will work with customers and BWL staff to devise a strategic plan for the system that balances system reliability and rate stability, while identifying opportunities to increase system efficiencies and advance environmental stewardship.