TCL&P Surveying All Customers Regarding Local Electrical Generation
[Last Updated: 10/9/2012 8:50:32 AM]

For Immediate Release                                                                        

October 9, 2012


Contact:  Ed Rice, Executive Director, Traverse City Light & Power

                Phone: (231) 932-4559 or E-mail:


TCL&P Surveying All Customers Regarding Local Electrical Generation


(Traverse City, Michigan) — Traverse City Light & Power (TCL&P) will be surveying all customers to receive input on what type of future electrical generation will be supported by customers and whether or not TCL&P customers would support a local electrical generation facility. TCL&P customers will receive the survey in the mail during the week of October 7 and are asked to respond, using the enclosed postage-paid envelope, by October 23.

            In three years, access to 50% of TCL&P’s total electrical generation, which produces electricity twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week (baseload), will expire.  Before that time, decisions will need to be made about how to replace that baseload electrical generation. 

            “TCL&P has been supportive of investigating a new local electrical generation source, which would produce electricity twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week, since the removal of the Bayside Power Plant in 2005. That plant once provided enough electricity for the entire city, but when the plant was removed, so was the local reliable electrical generation source,” said Ed Rice, TCL&P executive director. “TCL&P is hoping to get direction from our customers regarding this issue. Their answers will help determine TCL&P’s energy future for the next fifty plus years.”

            The survey will ask TCL&P customers whether or not they are supportive of TCL&P investigating a local electrical generation facility, what fuel sources they would support for a local electric generation facility and, if customers do not support local electrical generation, what type of down-state or out-of-state electrical generation fuel sources would they prefer.

            TCL&P will also be participating in the Grand Vision Energy Network’s six-county regional energy survey, which will launch in early November. TCL&P customers, along with the greater community, will be able to access that survey through the Grand Vision’s website,

            Traverse City Light & Power (www.tclp.orgis 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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