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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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Saturday, January 4,2014

Lark: ‘Heads will roll where appropriate’

BWL general manager suggests staff changes but will avoid “knee-jerk” reaction

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Jan. 3 — “Heads will roll where appropriate” in the aftermath of the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s handling of the massive power outage last week, General Manager J. Peter Lark said today.
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Friday, January 3,2014

Lark’s severance package

Firing GM would cost BWL $129,280 plus benefits

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Jan. 3 — Lansing Board of Water and Light ratepayers could be on the hook for $129,280 in wages if General Manager J. Peter Lark’s contract is terminated before it expires in 2018.
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Thursday, January 2,2014

Looking ahead

Ice storm 2013: Anger, an apology and a promise to determine what went so wrong

by Andy Balaskovitz
Frustrated, angered and disheartened Board of Water and Light customers had their three minutes Monday night to face those responsible for the utility’s handling of a nine-day old ice storm that left some of them still without power.
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Thursday, January 2,2014

’And I grew up in Kansas’

After the ice storm, WLNS meteorologist Jake Dunne rethinks where they rank among natural disasters

by Andy Balaskovitz
WLNS-TV meteorologist Jake Dunne is not being hyperbolic when he says the ice storm has caused him to rethink aspects of his career.
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