picture of natural gas plant
Courtesy / Lansing Board of Water and Light

The Lansing Board of Water and Light is announcing its biggest-ever project.  The utility will build a new natural gas plant in Delta Township. 


construction site
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The Lansing Board of Water and Light has started work on a new project.  The utility will build a seven-mile electricity transmission line designed to provide more reliable service for customers on the north and west sides of its service territory.  The West Side Improvement Project is part of a larger initiative the BWL calls “Lansing Energy Tomorrow.” 


Thousands around Lansing area await electricity

Mar 9, 2017
groundskeeper cutting fallen tree with chain saw
Mark Bashore / Host/reporter

Around 5,500 customers of the Lansing Board of Water and Light still were without electricity mid-afternoon on Thursday after high winds the day before brought down trees and utility lines across the state.

A BWL online outage map showed power should be completely restored by mid-afternoon Saturday.

Consumers Energy’s website showed about 3,600 Ingham county customers were still waiting for the lights to come on.

A spokesman says Lansing area Consumers' customers should have power restored by late Saturday night. 

man trims tree near power line
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

UPDATE: With powerful winds knocking down trees and power lines on Wednesday, Michigan utilities are working to restore service. A month ago, Kevin Lavery reported on tree trimming efforts aimed at reducing the impact of storms.

Current State #363 | August 11, 2014

Aug 11, 2014

Today on Current State:  the legal status of child migrants; former NPR reporter Mike Pesca on new gig; Lansing City Council president on BWL rate hike; new trade group for women in Michigan craft beer industry. 

BWL Commissioner supports extension for GM Lark

Jun 17, 2014
Joe Linstroth/WKAR

The discussion over reforms to the Lansing Board of Water and Light has continued in recent days. One topic up for debate is whether or not to extend the contract of embattled General Manager J. Peter Lark. A BWL committee has recommended another year for Lark. However, some critics have repeated their view that Lark should leave after the utility’s botched response to last December’s widespread, storm-related power outages.

BWL falcons expecting

May 15, 2014

There are many expecting parents around Mid-Michigan, but few will produce offspring as rare as Eckert and Viper’s. The peregrine falcons are waiting for three little ones to hatch, after nesting at the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s Eckert electric generating plant.

CRT Report: BWL culture, recordkeeping, technology must change

May 6, 2014
Joe Linstroth/WKAR

It’s become clearer how Lansing’s publicly-owned utility, the Board of Water and Light, failed its customers following last December’s ice storm. A detailed review by an investigative panel explores the utility’s actions before, during and after the storm that knocked out power to some 35,000 customers.

McDaniel review team holds first public hearing

Feb 6, 2014
Joe Linstroth/WKAR

The Community Review Team, charged with analyzing the actions of the Lansing Board of Water and Light in the wake of the historic Dec 21 ice storm, held its first public meeting last night in East Lansing. The nine-member team led by retired Army Brigadier General Mike McDaniel, who’s now a Cooley Law school professor, is gathering information about the storm and the BWL’s response to recommend corrective actions and best practices. Current State’s Kevin Lavery was at the meeting.