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In 1898, Lansing City Council authorized the Piatt brothers to build a power generating plant near Moores Park. Later that year, the brothers built the steam and hydroelectric generating station at the present site of Moores Park Dam. After being acquired by the Michigan Power Company, the dam was sold in 1919 to the City of Lansing and the hydroelectric generating station became part of the Lansing Board of Water and Light system.
The Moores Park Station was renamed the Otto E. Eckert Station, after the utility’s general manager from 1927 to 1966. The coal-fired generating station is located in downtown Lansing on the Grand River, adjacent to General Motors’ Grand River Assembly Plant and the now-demolished Lansing Car Assembly Plant. Begun in 1922 and completed the following year, the power station has undergone numerous expansions and additions since, with the addition of the three chimneys in 1981. The station has a generating capacity of 351 megawatts, produced by burning coal from Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. This plant has three 615-foot (187 m) smokestacks, the tallest self-supporting structures in south central Michigan. These stacks are visible from fifteen miles (24 km) on a clear day. The stacks are known locally by the names of Wynken, Blynken, and Nod, after the fishermen in a poem of the same name by Eugene Field. It was announced in May 2008 that the plant is scheduled for a phased decommissioning that is scheduled to begin in 2017 and end in 2025.