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Second Report on Holland Power Needs Tonight

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(Holland) - Now that Holland may run out of power in five years, what should be done?

            The second half of a report by Black & Veatch is slated for presentation before a joint session of the board of the Holland Board of Public Works and the Holland City Council late this afternoon. Both panels will hear from the retained consultants on how the Tulip City should move forward in its power needs.

            In the first half of the long-term study, presented four weeks ago, the firm said that the demand for power from the municipal utility would outstrip supply by 2015, in part because of two lithium-ion battery cell production plants expected to be up and operational during that time. The BPW is seeking state approval of plans to expand the coal-fired James DeYoung Power Plant to 73 megawatts, and utility officials take issue with those who might say that the report is only meant to support such a request.

            Today’s joint meeting begins at 4 PM at the Doubletree Hotel. The BPW is expected to make its formal application to Lansing next month.

-Gary Stevens, WHTC/WYVN News

 

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