Wind energy investments applauded amidst calls to retire coal plants
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Caroline MacGregor November 13, 2012 | WGVU
While the decision
by the Holland Board of Public Works to sign two new wind power contracts to
meet future energy needs is considered a step in the right direction, supporters
of renewable energy want a specific timeframe for when coal units at the James DeYoung
generating complex will be closed.
resident, Monica Hallacy, says while happy the MBPW has dropped coal plant expansion plans, she has concerns about a proposed new gas plant.
"It's definitely a step in the right direction. We're very happy they're moving forward with the two wind contracts and definitely the move away from coal is good news. However, they seem to be moving very quickly with a very large natural gas plant and many say it's more capacity than we need and that it prohibits us from making more investment in renewables and energy efficiency first."
joint study session with the Holland City Council, the HBPW in October recommended
building a new natural gas fired plant at a different location than the DeYoung
plant. The Holland City
Council is scheduled to vote on that recommendation later this month and other decisions
concerning wind and gas power.
There are some residents who believe the gas plant should be located away from the waterfront to open
up Lake Macatawa for recreational and commercial purposes.
The two wind
power contracts entered into by the Holland Board of Public Works include a 20
year deal with Michigan based Beebe Wind Farm and a 10 year contract with
Indiana based Wildcat Windfarm.
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