BLP Renewable Energy

The sources of renewable energy to the BLP include participation in the Michigan Public Power Agency (MPPA) Landfill Gas Project, MPPA’s Beebe 1b and Pegasus wind purchases, and MPPA’s newly acquired solar projects that began coming online in 2020.  

These purchases utilize landfill gas, wind, and solar for electric power generation from a variety of locations in Michigan. In 2021 the BLP is required to retire RECs equivalent to 15% of its retail sales volume. With the Board’s recent approval of MPPA Energy Services Project additional solar purchases, the BLP’s renewable resource commitments will continue to expand and the BLP anticipates that approximately 29% of its energy needs will come in the form of renewable purchases in 2024.

MPPA Energy Services Project (solar purchases)

  • The BLP has authorized MPPA Solar commitments on its behalf of approximately 20.9 MW of solar by 2024 (estimated at about 41,000 MWh annually at that time)
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MPPA Energy Services Project (wind purchases)

  • Exelon Generation/Beebe Wind: 2.3 MW of capacity (approximately 6,500 MWh annually of energy) 
  • Next Era Pegasus Wind: 6.1 MW of capacity (approximately 18,200 MWh annually of energy)

MPPA Landfill Gas Project

In 2008, the BLP joined the Michigan Public Power Agency’s (MPPA) Landfill Gas Project to purchase up to 3,200 kW of landfill gas generation capacity in response to PA 295. The BLP began receiving a portion of that generation in July 2010 and amounts of energy have steadily grown since (now at 3.2 MW of capacity and about 24,500 MWh annually of energy).

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