Agreement reached on FRIB energy provider


EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS)- Crews have been working on the FRIB project on MSU’s campus for a little over a year now.

The $730 million facility for rare isotope beams is expected to use a lot of energy but which utility will cash in and provide it?

Both Consumers Energy and the Lansing Board of Water and Light have come to an agreement. Consumers and the Board of Water and Light have agreed not to litigate the issue of which utility has the right to provide power to MSU’s campus. However, they have come to a decision that will provide energy to the FRIB under a 20 year agreement. Consumers will build a new sub-station and provide all of the electricity to the FRIB. Both utilities will split the profits 50/50 and Consumers will collect a 10 percent annual administrative fee from BWL.

MSU officials say the U.S. Department of Energy will cover energy costs. The agreement will be considered by the BWL commissioners today. If approved, the plan will go to the Michigan Public Service Commission for review. Crews expect to have the FRIB complete by 2022.

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