Public Forums Will Help Decide L&P Power Generation Sources
[Last Updated: 1/3/2012 3:46:50 PM]

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

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Public Forums Will Help Decide L&P Power Generation Sources


(Traverse City, Michigan) — Traverse City Light & Power (L&P) will conduct two public forums that seek citizen input in February and another in April to help the utility choose appropriate renewable power generation sources. L&P proposes to generate 30% of its electricity with renewable power by 2020. According to L&P, this far-reaching goal requires considering technologies such as wind, solar, landfill gas and biomass.


            According to Ed Rice, Executive Director of L&P, “Employing local renewable power generation technologies, as well as energy efficiency, could reap many benefits for ratepayers and the community. For example, it would keep up to $4 million in our community that is now spent on non-local coal generation and it would also generate jobs and give us more local control of electric rates. That is the reason choosing local renewable resources is critical.”


            On February 25 and February 27, the utility will present a brief overview of its “30BY20” goal and give attendees an opportunity to ask questions and present their views on renewable power generation. The Thursday, February 25 forum will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the City Opera House (106 East Front Street). The Saturday, February 27 forum will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Hagerty Center (715 East Front Street). Light refreshments will be served at each forum and the utility will be giving away compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to attendees.


            On Wednesday, April 7, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Hagerty Center, L&P will review and summarize ideas gathered from the first two forums and present what was learned after subjecting those ideas to rigorous expert analysis. Attendees will learn how different choices affect electric rates, environmental quality, jobs, economic growth, reliability, and other measures of risks and benefits. In addition, attendees will once again be given time to respond to the question, “What should L&P do to achieve its 30 by 20 goal?” 

            Traverse City Light & Power ( is a community-owned, community-focused municipal utility that offers energy at low rates in the region to over 11,000 customers in Traverse City, and parts of Blair, East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield, Peninsula and Paradise townships.

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