APPA Recognizes David Lynch for his leadership
Marquette Board of Light and Power’s Assistant Director – Utility Operations, David Lynch (center) was recently recognized by American Public Power Association for his leadership and service as Engineering and Operations Section Chair. Pictured are Board Chair, John Prince (l) and Executive Director, Paul Kitti (r) congratulating him.
Drew Ahonen Receives a Journeyman Line Electrician Plaque
Marquette Board of Light and Power (MBLP) Journeyman Line Electrician Andrew Ahonen is shown receiving a plaque in recognition of his completion of 7,000 hours of apprentice training to earn Journeyman status. Pictured (l-r) Art Hedlund, Great Lakes Energy Apprenticeship and Training (GLEnergy), Andrew Ahonen, Paul Kitti, BLP Executive Director, Tim Hartwick, Director of GLEnergy Safety & Training and Jeff Stevens, BLP Field Engineer.
BLP adds Hybrid Electric Pickup Truck
The Marquette Board of Light and Power will be adding a Hybrid Electric Pickup Truck to its fleet in 2013 through a Department of Energy (DOE) and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) grant program. The new “Vtruck” will have a 40 mile range in the electric-only mode and will also be able to operate using gasoline. With gas prices averaging nearly $4/gallon the cost of operating the new pickup truck is 27 cents per mile. Based on the MBLP’s current rate for electricity, the cost to operate the new Vtruck in the electric-only mode in its 40 mile range is 3.8 cents. Over the projected eight year service life of the Vtruck, the utility expects to save approximately $12,333.