L&P Says Natural Gas is New Power Priority
[Last Updated: 1/4/2012 10:08:31 AM]

For Immediate Release


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

                Phone: (231) 932-4559 or E-mail: ERice@tclp.org

Contact:  Phil Callighan, Sr. Account Executive, Knorr Marketing

   Phone: (231) 947-9707, ext. 207; Mobile: (231) 342-7590

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L&P Says Natural Gas is New Power Priority


(Traverse City, Michigan) — While not abandoned, constructing a wood-fueled biomass plant to replace coal power generation is currently on hold for Traverse City Light and Power. Meeting last night (June 22, 2010), the L&P board discussed concerns about biomass raised by local citizens and decided to make investigation of natural gas electrical power generation a top priority. “We’ve listened to many of our ratepayers tell us they don’t know enough about biomass and some have suggested they are more comfortable with natural gas as a power generation resource, even though natural gas is not a renewable energy,” said Mike Coco, chairman of the L&P board. “We’re going to re-look at all of our options to replace the 50% of our baseload generation that we’ll be losing in a few short years. We will hold a study session to discuss this shift in direction and re-evaluate our strategic goals in July. The board has asked the staff to continue studying natural gas in more depth.”


            The board’s previously announced goal of achieving 30 percent of its power generation with renewable energy by 2020 may be jeopardized if natural gas-fueled power generation dominates the replacement of coal power generation. “In the eyes of the state, federal government and worldwide organizations, it’s just replacing one fossil fuel with another” said Ed Rice, Executive Director of L&P. “However, we shouldn’t have any difficulty meeting the mandate from the state to achieve 10% of electrical generation through renewable sources by 2015.”


            According to Rice, L&P’s agreements to purchase electrical power generation fromfive new wind turbines, the first of which was dedicated this morning (June 23, 2010), along with power provided from a new landfill gas plant, should be able to meet the state’s goal.


            Traverse City Light & Power (www.tclp.org) 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 andParadise townships.

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