HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - Holland City Council members have before them tonight recommendations by the BPW Board to build a new 114-megawatt power plant fueled by natural gas that would augment the current coal-fired DeYoung plant, along with agreements for acquiring renewable energy power from wind facilities in Indiana and mid-Michigan. Environmentalists are upset about using natural gas due to fracking concerns, but in an appearance on WHTC's "Talk of the Town" program this morning, Mayor Kurt Dykstra told host Juke Van Oss that he doesn’t think any final decisions will be forthcoming this evening.
However, a showdown between Holland and three of its neighbors may be looming if City Council rejects one-year extensions of current BPW franchise agreements proposed by Fillmore, Laketown and Park townships. The utility wants those communities to fall in line with Holland Township, which will have a new 30-year deal that voters agreed to at the polls three weeks ago approved by council this evening. Representation on the BPW Board is at the crux of the dispute.