The Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) has announced that its REO Town 100MW cogeneration plant has become fully operational and is providing electricity to consumers.

Located in the Washington Avenue in Lansing, Michigan, US, the power project was completed on time and in budget.

The cogeneration plant generates up to 300,000 pounds of steam and 100MW of clean and reliable electricity.

BWL’s new and modern cogeneration plant allows it to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% compared to the coal-fired steam and electric units that the new plant will replace.

The plant will also eliminate the necessity to burn 351,000 tons of coal, lower mercury and sulfur dioxide emissions by more than 99%, and nitrogen oxide by over 85%.

Lansing Board of Water & Light general manager J Peter Lark said the new cogeneration plant is among the most clean and efficient in Michigan and the US.

"This state-of-the-art cogeneration plant scores a major victory for the environment. And, we’re proud that the project has been called a "game changer" for economic development in the Lansing region," Lark added.

The facility was built by Lansing’s The Christman Company, Granger Construction Company, Clark Construction Company and Kramer Management Group, and other Lansing construction firms.