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Holland City Council Approves BPW Power Plant Proposal

James DeYoung Power Plant
James DeYoung Power Plant

HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - The Holland City Council last night approved the construction of a new 114-megawatt power plant. The BPW Board is recommending that the 180 million-dollar natural gas-fired facility be built away from the current coal-fired DeYoung Plant on Pine Avenue, with some boilers at that facility eventually switching over to natural gas power, while others would be gradually decommissioned. Environmentalists are opposed to the natural gas option due to concerns over fracking, and claim that the city and the utility haven’t fully considered renewable energy alternatives. No site for the new plant was immediately determined, as council huddled behind closed doors at the end of the last night’s meeting to go over possible options.