Lansing BWL to retire Erickson Coal Plant by 2025

Posted at 1:22 PM, Aug 23, 2017

The Lansing Board of Water and Light has agreed to stop burning fossil fuels at its coal-fired Erickson Generating Station by December 2025.

This comes after a settlement agreement announced by Sierra Club. The agreement claims of Clean Air Act violations at Lansing BWL's Erickson and Eckert Generating Stations in Lansing, Michigan.

Under the agreement Lansing BWL is required to get a combined renewable energy-energy efficiency goal of 30% of their total retail sales by December 31, 2020, and 35% by December 31, 2025.

Lansing BWL will also establish a program designed to promote energy waste reduction, or pollution prevention in the City of Lansing with funding of at least $300,000.

“As an asthmatic who has suffered from the health impacts of burning coal for decades, I celebrate the positive impact today’s announcement will have on public health in our region. This settlement clears the way for Lansing and LBWL to live up to their potential to be Michigan’s leading city in reaching clean energy and climate goals in coming decades,” said Anne Woiwode, Michigan Sierra Club volunteer leader. “We look forward to working hand in hand with Lansing to achieve that goal.”