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BWL Moves Forward With Proposed Rate Hike

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Commissioners serving the Lansing Board of Water and Light decided Tuesday to move forward with a plan to increase customers’ utility rates. According to CEO Peter Lark and Spokesman Steve Serkaian, the plan would hike rates by seven percent, less a reduction in renewable energy charges, bringing the net increase to 4.88 percent.

"I think that it's really important that the public know that as a result of this rate increase, they're going to  have a stronger BWL, and they're going to have a BWL that's going to get them back power more quickly, if there's another outage,” said Lark.

However, not everyone is on board with the proposed changes. "I think that looking at the situation we need to make sure that we're doing everything to be a better utility, and in that sense that we can justify a rate increase if we have to make it, and I haven't been convinced we need to have a rate increase at this point,” said Commissioner Dennis Louney.

The increase is not set in stone, as commissioners must take a final vote. They must also have a public hearing, which will happen in September. 
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