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Thursday, January 9,2014

Are payments to the city limiting BWL’s emergency response planning?

by Andy Balaskovitz
The city of Lansing’s demands for payments from the Board of Water and Light contributed to the utility’s poor response to the region’s ice storm power outages, according to BWL’s vice chairman.
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Thursday, January 9,2014

What if another ice storm hits tomorrow?

by Andy Balaskovitz
The BWL is moving quickly to address restoration and communications issues that would have improved its response to the ice storm outages.
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Thursday, January 9,2014

Change in governance?

by Andy Balaskovitz
While a majority of BWL’s customers are in the city of Lansing, the utility’s title may be a slight misnomer. It provides water or electricity (or both) to East Lansing, DeWitt and nine townships, including Delta, Lansing Meridian and Delhi.
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Thursday, January 9,2014

Who is J. Peter Lark?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Before joining the BWL in July 2007, General Manager J. Peter Lark, 62, was chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission, appointed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2003. In that role in 2006, he wrote a 48-page report for Granholm called “Michigan’s 21st Century Electric Energy Plan,” a roadmap for developing more renewables and energy efficiency.
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Thursday, January 9,2014

The BWL on thin ice

by Andy Balaskovitz
The city of Lansing’s demands for payments from the Board of Water and Light contributed to the utility’s poor response to the region’s ice storm power outages, according to BWL’s vice chairman.
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Thursday, January 9,2014

BWL cancels rate increase

Board vice chairman tells City Pulse it would be ‘disingenuous’ to ask for one

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Jan. 9 — The Lansing Board of Water and Light has canceled plans for proposed utility rate increases that were set to take effect on March 1.
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Thursday, January 9,2014

Lark, Bernero popularity plummet

BWL storm response, PR flubs tarnish years of goodwill

by Walt Sorg
Billy Crystal’s Saturday Night Live character Fernando said it best: “It’s better to look good than to feel good.” In the aftermath of the BWL Ice- Pocolypse, it’s not how you handled the actual problem as much as how you looked doing it. And “dahling, you’re not looking mahvelous.”
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Thursday, January 9,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Given the wide variety of architecture in greater Lansing, a vacant lot is not a likely Eye Candy subject. However, considering the building that had been at this site, the decision to remove it provided a marked improvement.
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Thursday, January 9,2014

Seizing assets, spending money

Federal audit of Lansing Police Department shows forfeiture funds mismanaged, pointing to larger, statewide issue

by RJ Wolcott
The Lansing Police Department is the subject of a recent U.S. Department of Justice report showing instances of poor financial management and misallocation of federally awarded funds over the past five years.
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Wednesday, January 8,2014

Reviewing the reviews

Bernero seeks help from state Public Service Commission on outside review of ice storm restoration

by City Pulse Staff
Wednesday, Jan. 8 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero today asked the Michigan Public Service Commission for help in conducting an “independent review” of the Board of Water and Light’s handling of last month’s ice storm after the utility has done its own.
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