(Holland, MI - WHTC News) - Governor Granholm was beaming last month at the groundbreaking of the LG-Chem/Compact Power battery-making plant in Holland. Extra electricity to power that facility was rejected today by her administration.
Three and a half years after submitting an Air Quality Permit request for installing a new 78-megawatt boiler and associated equipment at the coal-fired DeYoung Power Plant, the Holland BPW was told no by the state DNR&E. In a statement, the agency based its decision on findings by the Michigan Public Service Commission that stated the municipal utility failed to demonstrate the need for the expansion in order to accommodate future energy supply needs. Public comment, spearheaded by the grass-roots group Windmills on Every Steeple Team, helped convince the PSC, and eventually the DNR&E, that there were a number of alternative methods that would allow the BPW to adequately supply its customers at a fraction of the cost.
No action on the permit request had been done for 18 months since the public comment period ended, prompting the city and the utility to file litigation against the DNR&E for a decision.
-Gary Stevens, WHTC/WYVN News