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Local leaders call for wider BWL board representation

The Board of Water and Light resumed electricity shutoffs this summer after stopping them early in the pandemic. Now, they're extending a moratorium on water shutoffs until April 15, 2021. It is against state law to shutoff electricity in the winter.
Credit Joe Linstroth

Many people have been reminded in the past month that the Lansing Board of Water and Light provides electricity to more than just the capital city. Though it’s owned by the city, the BWL has electric customers in nine other municipalities and townships outside Lansing city limits. Those include East Lansing and Delta Township.

The Lansing city charter requires board members to reside in the city. Current State spoke with East Lansing State Representative Sam Singh and Delta Township Supervisor Ken Fletcher. They're calling for greater geographical representation on the utility’s board.

Singh says the community review team examining the BWL response to the December ice storm outages should keep their meetings open because the discussion covers public utilities, not private company information.

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