According to the Lansing State Journal, the construction of the Delta Energy Park power plant kicked off Monday with a ceremonial ground breaking.

The new $500 million natural gas fired plant is being built by the Lansing Board of Water & Light at the site of the current Erickson Power Station in Delta Township.

Work on the plant will create 1,200 construction jobs.  When finished, it will generate 250 megawatts and will replace both BWL's coal fired Eckert and Erickson power stations when they retire in 2020 and 2025 respectively.