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REO Town Headquarters and Cogeneration Plant

REO Cogeneration Plant is BWL’s first natural gas-fired power plant and first new plant in 40 years. The REO Town plant generates up to 300,000 pounds of steam per hour and 100 megawatts of electricity. The plant, winner of many industry awards, is among the most clean and efficient in the U.S. The $182 million project includes a new headquarters and restored REO Depot.

Erickson Power Station is located in Delta Township, was completed in 1973 and contains a single coal-fired generator capable of producing 160 megawatts of electricity. It was recently rated one of the most efficient plants of its size in the United States.


Eckert Power Station is the BWL’s oldest operating power plant. The 375-megawatt plant’s coal-fired generation units were installed over several years, beginning in the mid-1950s. It includes six electric generating units, all of which are scheduled to close by 2020.


Through our membership in the Michigan Public Power Agency (MPPA), the BWL receives 146 MW of electricity from the Belle River Plant, a coal-fired generator located near St. Clair, Michigan and built and operated by Detroit Edison Company. The Belle River Station was completed in 1984.


In 1999, the Board of water & Light signed a Participation Agreement with Cinergy and US Filter to collectively design and build a Central Utilities Complex to supply all utilities for General Motors Corporation's New Lansing Grand River Assembly Facility. This was the first time in General Motors history, the manufacturer has relied on an outside vendor to supply all their utility services.

The Board supplies 13,200 volt electric power and 275 psi steam to the CUC complex. The complex transforms the high voltage to 480 volt power for distribution to the GM Body, Paint, and General Assembly facilities. The steam is used to power a small non-condensing turbine generator. The exhaust steam energy supplies a hot water heat system for building heat as well as supplying "process" heat.

In the summer, the exhaust steam from the turbine powers an absorption chiller. The absorption chiller along with several electric chillers and a thermal storage tank supply the GM buildings with chilled water for cooling the facilities. The CUC also supplies all GM's compressed air requirements.

The Board supplies city water to the CUC, where it is converted to demineralized water to be used in the paint process. Waste water from the paint process is returned to the CUC for processing and disposal. City water is also supplied directly to the buildings for other process uses. The CUC supplies cooling tower water to the Body Shop for cooling the robotic welders.

Energy consumption for the GM complex is monitored and controlled through the CUC's energy management system.

Roy E. Peffley Chilled Water Plant was completed in 2009. The $20 million plant provides chilled water that is used for cooling buildings to State of Michigan office buildings, among other downtown Lansing customers. The state-of-the-art facility is so highly automated that it is operated remotely by computer.


John F. Dye Water Conditioning Plant which recently underwent a $10 million restoration, has the capacity to condition and distribute 40 million gallons of water per day. The Dye plant’s architecture reflects the art deco style prevalent when it was built in 1939 as a project of the Works Project Administration (WPA). In the plant’s lobby, large murals painted by artists Frank Cassara and Charles Pollock depict the beneficial and destructive forces of water.


The Wise Road Water Conditioning Plant was built in 1966 and has a capacity to condition and distribute 10 million gallons of water per day. The Wise Road plant recently completed a $30 million complete retrofit of the plant – which rebuilt or replaced most of the plant’s equipment, including mechanical and electrical, following a chemical accident.