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BLP Adopts fy 2019 Business Plan – CUSTOMER CHARGES stable

Grand Haven, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 — Grand Haven Board of Light & Power’s Board of Directors adopted a business plan for Fiscal Year 2019 at its Thursday, May 17 meeting.  The Business Plan is comprised of the annual budget and long-term capital improvement plan.  Base customer rates are being held constant with those set on July 1, 2016; however, changes in fuel related expenses and purchase power costs will be passed on directly to customers through the Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) contained in each customer rate category during the coming year.

General Manager David Walters stated, “The FY 2019 budget is a status quo budget that is consistent with the Board’s action and direction taken at their April 24, 2018 meeting to cease operations of the Sims Power Plant on June 1, 2020.” The budget incorporates a power plant operating and maintenance schedule, coal deliveries, and wholesale power purchases consistent with a June 2020 plant closure.  Additionally, the budget for next year and the longer-term capital plan includes only minimal “life extension” plant improvements at Sims, those deemed necessary before 2020.  If the Sims plant is required to run longer, additional revenues will be required to pay for these improvements.  Annual coal costs are increasing in Fiscal Year 2019, primarily attributed to an increase in lake-vessel transportation costs. The projected increase in retail sales volume is estimated 1% above FY 2018.

Total retail revenues to BLP customers averaged approximately 13 cents per kWh during fiscal years 2015 and 2016.  These charges have been reduced on average 6.2% to 12.2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) in FY 2018.  Over this period, total annual retail revenues have been reduced approximately $2,400,000 on about 300 million kWh of annual sales.  This projected average for FY 2019 is 12.4 cents per kWh, as increases in fuel and purchased power costs are passed on to customers in the PCA.

According to the Fiscal Year 2019 business plan, the BLP projects $37.5 million in total annual operating revenues.  The BLP is planning to use these funds as follows:  $7.4 million on fuel and fuel related expenses for local power generation; $6.5 million for net purchased power costs (including renewable energy purchases) and transmission expenses, $6.9 million for other expenses associated with the operation of its power production plants, $2.4 million for distribution system expenses, $0.5 million in energy efficiency programs, $3.3 million for customer service, accounting, administrative, and general expenses. Additionally, capital improvements for the fiscal year are projected to be $5.8 million and the utility is anticipated to make a $1.8 million transfer or payment in-lieu of taxes to the City of Grand Haven’s general fund.

Grand Haven Board of Light & Power is a one of over 2,000 Public Power utilities in the United States serving approximately 14,000 customers in the greater Grand Haven area. The Board of Light & Power’s mission is to meet our community’s expectation for quality local electric utility service that returns value to our customers and the community as a whole.

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Congratulations Mike Killebrew, GHBLP Electrical Lineworker Graduate

Congratulations are in order for Mike Killebrew, GHBLP Electrical Lineworker, on his graduation from the Joint Michigan Apprentice Program (JMAP), which celebrated its first class of apprentices becoming journeymen electrical lineworkers at the Wolverine Power Cooperative Training Center on Monday, May 7.

The inaugural class celebrated the graduation of 18 apprentice linemen from 13 Michigan utilities that collectively span Michigan’s entire Lower Peninsula. “It takes linemen thousands of hours to become a master in their trade so they may provide reliable power to our customers,” said Robert Shelley, GHBLP Distribution & Engineering Manager. “They place their lives on the line every day for our community, and we are exceedingly proud of Mike’s accomplishment and commitment to service.”

Upon graduation from JMAP, Killebrew will continue his work alongside eight other journeymen and apprentice lineworkers at the Board of Light & Power who provide the essential service of power line maintenance and first-response in the event of outages and emergencies.

RP3 Platinum Award for GHBLP

On April 30, 2018, one hundred eighteen Public Power utilities earned the Reliable Public Power Provider designation for providing reliable and safe electric service. Grand Haven Board of Light & Power received the Platinum Level Award, which certifies that the Board of Light & Power has demonstrated leading practices in reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Pictured are Robert Shelley, GHBLP Distribution & Engineering Manager (center), Mike Hyland, American Public Power Association Senior Vice President of Engineering Services (L) and Neil James, Manager of Distribution Operations at ‎Santee Cooper, South Carolina and chair of the Association’s RP3 Review Panel (R). Photo Credit: Tyler Northrup

TL Project Update- April 13,2018

The Grand Haven Board of Light & Power’s Transmission Project between Harbor Island and VanWagoner Road is full speed ahead.  After a couple of slight delays the project is back on track.  The first delay was due to the storms on the East Coast in late March.  CC Power, the GHBLP’s contractor for the project, was working on the East Coast for a couple of weeks to help rebuild and restore power after the storms.  As of last week CC Power is back on site and moving forward.  The second delay was the delivery of the steel poles for the project.  The GHBLP received the final delivery of the poles this week, which is the last of the material needed to complete the project.  GHBLP and CC Power are on schedule to complete the project within the original time frame.  CC Power will be working Monday through Friday 10 hours per day to stay on top of the project.  Over the next couple of weeks CC Power will be working on installing the new steel poles.  Once the poles are installed CC Power will transition to installing the new wire on the poles.   CC Power is planning on starting this process at Harbor Island and working North.

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