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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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Thursday, January 2,2014

‘Goddamn hero’

Out in the field with BWL linemen on day six

by Andy Balaskovitz
Austen Helvey started working for the Lansing Board of Water and Light as a journeyman lineman three weeks ago. Six days after the ice storm hit Lansing, he and three other crew members had “turned” four major circuits in the area, restoring power to approximately 4,000 people.
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Thursday, January 2,2014

Lesson learned

Confronting our society’s lack of self-sufficiency

by Andy Balaskovitz
It hit me late Thursday night as I was lying on my friend’s couch, about to fall asleep in his Foster Avenue home. I was reading Steven R. Reed’s report in the State Journal about frustrated residents without power.
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Tuesday, December 31,2013

Kids in the Hall

The Lansing Board of Water and Light’s next three steps following the ice storm

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Dec. 31 — The Lansing Board of Water and Light’s outage management system, which handles reports from customers about where electrical outages have taken place, has not been fully operational for the “last several months,” BWL General Manager J. Peter Lark told the Lansing City Council tonight.
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Sunday, December 29,2013

Whitmer: ‘Totally unacceptable’ residents still without power

East Lansing senator says Board of Water and Light’s lack of responsiveness and accuracy is “unaddressed” public-safety issue

by Andy Balaskovitz
Sunday, Dec. 29 — It’s not just Lansing Board of Water and Light customers who are upset with their utility’s response to last weekend’s ice storm. The state Senate Minority Leader, who was also affected by power outages, blasted the public utility in a statement issued today.
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