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BPW to Recommend New Power Plant to Holland City Council

James DeYoung Power Plant
James DeYoung Power Plant

HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - Holland BPW officials announced yesterday that the utility will recommend, in a special joint meeting with City Council next Monday, building a new power plant that could generate 114 megawatts of electricity through natural gas. It is seen as an alternative to converting the coal-fired DeYoung plant, but would serve to compliment that facility, not replace it. The meeting is intended to "review and discuss materials and data from new generation option analysis" in a Sustainable Return on Investment "Capstone" Event, according to a public notice by the BPW announcing the October 29 session, beginning at 6 PM, at the DoubleTree Hotel on 24th Street. Environmentalists are not only opposed to the DeYoung Plant in general, but are also against the natural gas option due to fracking concerns. They are pushing wind/solar alternatives that others claim won't provide enough energy to meet Holland's future needs.