Bay City
Electric Light & Power

Striving to offer value to our customers by
providing reliable service at a competitive price.

Electric Department

Electric Department

Bay City Electric Light & Power (BCELP) is a municipal utility, owned by the City of Bay City, Michigan.

We strive to offer value to our customers by providing reliable service at a competitive price.

BCELP has served the Bay City area since 1868 when it was known as the Bay City Gas Light Company. Today we serve over 20,000 customers in our service area which includes Bay City and the surrounding townships of Bangor, Frankenlust, Hampton, Monitor, and Portsmouth. The utility is one of 2,000 community owned electric utilities that serves more than 42 million Americans.

Delivering service to our customers requires more than 500 miles of overhead and underground distribution lines, fed from 10 distribution substations. Power is provided to these facilities from wholesale purchases, ownership of coal-fired generators Belle River and Campbell through the Michigan Public Power Agency, and local peak-shaving generating capacity at our Water Street and Henry Street plants.

At year-end, Bay City Electric Light & Power owned and operated plant and utility assets of $60 million with total annual revenues of approximately $35.1 million. BCELP currently has 43 employees to carryout the day to day operations of the utility including line construction and maintenance, line clearance, street light maintenance, generating plant operation and maintenance, metering installation and maintenance, service building upkeep, purchasing materials and supplies, and system planning functions.


Energy Smart Program

 Bay City Electric Light & Power, with our Energy Smart Program, is dedicated to a portfolio of energy efficient programs…


Our utility began in 1868 as the Bay City Gas Light Company. All the street oil lamps were replaced with…

Online Bill Paying

Fees $1.00 for payments from checking account 3% for payments from credit cards Please see Accounts Receivable to sign up…

Service Area

Bay City Electric Light and Power provides service to over 20,000 customers in Bay City and surrounding townships of Bangor,…

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The City of Bay City   301 Washington Ave, Bay City, MI 48708   baycitylogo    Phone: (989) 894-8200    Fax: (989) 894-0704    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.