Holland delays decision on natural gas fired plant
Caroline MacGregor November 29, 2012 | WGVU In October, the
Holland Board of Public Works recommended building a new 114 megawatt natural gas fired plant at different
location than the DeYoung plant. Last night, the Holland
City Council was scheduled to vote on that recommendation and other decisions
concerning wind and gas power but with a full agenda, including public
discussion on the proposed plant, the idea was tabled.
Holland's mayor, Kurt Dykstra,
expects a decision to be made next Wednesday but at least one person believes the decision could take longer.
“A lot of the concerns raised were about the size of the natural gas plant, whether it was in line with the city's charter to provide power to outside locations and sell that excess gas. There was talk about opening up the waterfront - where or not to retire coal officially and of course lot's of talk about fracking and the dangers associated with that.”
resident and mother, Monica Hallacy, who hopes the council will take time to before
voting as they consider what is best for Holland’s energy needs.
As the city moves away from coal, supporters of renewable energy want to know
exactly when coal units at the James DeYoung generating complex will be closed.
Two wind power contracts recently entered
into by the Holland Board of Public Works with Michigan based Beebe Wind Farm
and Indiana based Wildcat Windfarm are an attempt to meet the state’s deadline that
requires 10 percent of electricity be derived from renewable sources by
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