State Rep. Wayne Schmidt to Present Centennial Tribute
[Last Updated: 9/20/2012 8:21:59 AM]

For Immediate Release                                                                        

September 20, 2012


Contact:  Jessica Wheaton, Marketing & Community Relations Coordinator

    Traverse City Light & Power

                Phone: (231) 932-4574 or E-mail:


State Rep. Wayne Schmidt to Present TCL&P’s Centennial Tribute


(Traverse City, Michigan) — On behalf of Governor Rick Snyder, State Representative Wayne Schmidt, and State Senator Howard Walker, Rep. Schmidt will present a centennial tribute at the Traverse City Light & Power (TCL&P) board meeting on September 25, 2012, honoring TCL&P’s 100 years of powering the community. The tribute and board meeting will take place in the Commission Chambers at the Governmental Center beginning at 5:15 p.m.

            TCL&P dates back to September 5, 1912, when the City of Traverse City purchased sixty acres at the Keystone settlement and the property flowage rights seven miles upstream to Brown Bridge Dam and pond from Queen City Light and Power Company. The transaction cost $150,000.

            “It’s a great benefit to the community to have had Traverse City Light and Power serving us for the past 100 years,” said Rep. Schmidt. “As a Light and Power customer, I have appreciated the benefits of local control over our electric rates, being able to pick up a phone and get a person if I have a question and knowing that the utility is being run responsibly by my fellow citizens and neighbors.”

            The centennial tribute will conclude a year’s worth of celebration which started in late 2011 with the donation of new LED holiday lights for the main tree in downtown Traverse City, and events throughout the past year like the “Power of Art” contest at all local schools and the Friday Night Live celebration.

            TCL&P will also be releasing its limited edition 100th anniversary history book at the beginning of October 2012. Customers will be able to pick up a copy of the book at the customer service desk located inside of the Governmental Center on a first-come, first-served basis.

            For more information on TCL&P’s history and the events held over the past year, see the TCL&P website at

            Traverse City Light & Power ( is a community-owned, community-focused municipal utility that offers reliable energy at low rates in the region to over 11,500 customers in Traverse City, and parts of Blair, East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield, Peninsula and Paradise townships.

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