Lansing Board of Water and Light - Renewables Portfolio Goal (Michigan)

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Place Michigan

Name Lansing Board of Water and Light - Renewables Portfolio Goal
Incentive Type Renewables Portfolio Standard
Applicable Sector Municipal Utility
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric
Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Standard 10% by 2015

Date added to DSIRE 2007-10-30
Last DSIRE Review 2009-12-10

References DSIRE[1]


In 2007 Lansing's municipal electric utility, the Lansing Board of Water and Light (LBWL), established a series of goals for meeting customers' electricity demand with renewable energy. The goals set by the LBWL Board of Commissioners increase gradually, from 2% of retail sales in 2008, to 5% in 2012, and 7% by 2016. As this is a self-imposed policy, there are no punitive provisions should the targets not be met and the Board of Commissioners is free to make future adjustments. The recently enacted state Renewable Energy Standard of 10% renewables by 2015 will eventually supersede LBWL's goal, but compliance under the state standard is not scheduled to begin until 2012.

According to the LBWL Renewable Energy Plan filed with the Michigan Public Service Commission (PSC) for the impending state standard, the utility currently owns one hydroelectric facility and one solar facility (a 54 kilowatt PV array installed in December 2008), and has long-term electricity purchase contracts with one other hydroelectric facility and two landfill gas facilities. The utility expects these facilities to generate approximately 97,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity annually from 2010 through 2017 -- roughly 4% of expected 2015 electricity sales -- and slightly more thereafter. With allowances for credit "banking", this generation is expected to be sufficient to meet the state RPS requirements through 2015. Thereafter, the utility intends to add roughly 12 MW of additional solar and wind generating capacity and use biomass co-firing at an existing coal plant to meet the balance of their state mandated 10% compliance requirement.

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Resolution 2007-1-9

Date Enacted 2007-01-23

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Mark Nixon
Department Lansing Board of Water and Light

Address 1232 Haco

Place Lansing, Michigan
Zip/Postal Code 48912
Phone (517) 702-6735
Phone 2 (517) 702-6000


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"