Lansing Board of Water and Light

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The Lansing Board of Water and Light was recently the subject of a cyber attack. We talk with Board of Water and Light General Manager Dick Peffley about the utility's recovery efforts.


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Lansing Board of Water and Light

The Lansing Board of Water & Light’s replaced a lot of lead water pipes in recent years. In the process, they’ve perfected a method they say can help Flint replace thousands of its lead service lines more quickly. 

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Michigan will idle nine coal-fired power plants this spring. Utilities like the Lansing Board of Water and Light are developing strategies for replacing that power while meeting forecasted population growth. We hear from the co-chairman of the BWL’s citizen advisory committee, former Michigan Public Service Commission member Steve Transeth.


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The Lansing Board of Water and Light has disclosed plans to build the largest solar array in the state. We ask a couple of local energy insiders what they think of the plan.


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The Lansing Board of Water and Light has released its final report covering numerous changes at the utility since the 2013 ice storm. We discuss what’s in the report with BWL Commissioner David Price and General Michael McDaniel, who led the BWL Community Review Team that explored the utility’s response to the ice storm and which proposed numerous reforms.

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The Lansing Board of Water and Light may embark on a study to help justify its status as a city-owned utility. City council member Carol Wood likes the idea.


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Mark Bashore / WKAR

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says it’s time to explore the possibility of selling the city-owned Board of Water and Light. Bernero has called on the city’s Financial Health Team to begin studying such a move. Current State talks to ex-Mayor David Hollister, who chairs the team, about the issue.


www.lansingcitypulse.com

 

Every week, our first guest shares his views in the pages of the Lansing City Pulse, where he serves as Associate Publisher.

Recently, Mickey Hirten has opined on a potential sale of the Lansing Board of Water and Light--a good move in his view--and the future of the Lansing City Market.

Current State checks in with Mickey on those issues and his upcoming column  that will look into a recent initiative by the Catholic Diocese of Lansing to assist the poor in the city of Flint.

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Mark Bashore / WKAR

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says the time has come to explore the possibility of selling the city-owned Board of Water and Light. According to a statement provided to Lansing City Pulse, Bernero views potential changes involving the BWL as “a way to address our long term liabilities.” However,  he said any decision at this point, “would be premature.”

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Four months of negotiations between Lansing’s Board of Water and Light and the utility’s former General Manager, Peter Lark, concluded last night.

BWL commissioners agreed unanimously to settle with Mr. Lark for $650,000 after his January dismissal “for cause” by those same commissioners.  A dismissal “for cause” implies employee misconduct.  Current State gets an update from LSJ reporter Steven Reed, who has covered the BWL since the 2013 ice storm that eventually led to yesterday’s agreement.  

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Lansing Board of Water and Light

For two months, our first guest has been navigating highly publicized change at the Lansing Board of Water and Light. Dick Peffley’s retirement was interrupted in mid-January when he was asked to serve as interim General Manager of the city-owned utility after the sudden dismissal of Peter Lark. Peffley spent 38-years at the Board of Water and Light in several managerial positions including as Executive Director of Operations and once before as interim General Manager. When he accepted the job, he commented “I want to do what’s best for the BWL and our cu

BWL falcon family future up in the air

Jan 30, 2015
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Some downtown Lansing residents are being watched intently for signs of courtship. The saga of the peregrine falcons who live at the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s Eckert Power Station continues with some new twists.

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More than a year after he came under fire for his utility’s heavily criticized response to widespread ice storm outages, Peter Lark has been dismissed as General Manager of the Lansing Board of Water and Light. In a 5-to-3 vote, the board that oversees the city-owned utility voted to fire Lark with cause. The motion also named former BWL manager Dick Pefley as interim GM.

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Two members of the board that oversees the Lansing Board of Water and Light have called for a meeting to discuss whether General Manager Peter Lark should be running Lansing's city-owned utility.  That meeting is set for 4:30 this afternoon at BWL headquarters on South Washington.  

Current State talks to the Lansing State Journal's Steven Reed who broke the news Monday evening. 

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This year’s Christmas holiday is bringing back unpleasant memories of last year’s intense ice storm and power outages. One year ago to the day, thousands of people in the Lansing area were without electricity because of hundreds of downed, ice-coated trees that disconnected lines.  Many residents spent days, some more than a week, without power, often at significant expense. The episode amounted to an embarassing right of passage for the capital city’s municipally-owned utility, the Lansing Board of Water and Light.

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