Holland commits $182M for new natural gas power plant


After years of debate over a major expansion of its coal fired municipal power plant, the city of Holland has decided to invest $182 million in a totally new, natural gas fired generating plant that would produce 114 megawatts and will not be located at the site of the existing James DeYoung plant on the shore of Lake Macatawa.

The site of the new plant has not been determined yet.

The staff at the Holland Board of Public Works underwent an “exhaustive” year-long analysis leading up to the city council approval of its new plans this week, according to the city utility.

HBPW general manager David Koster told the council the new plant could be in operation by late 2016.

The new plan will mean “dramatic reductions in greenhouse gases and particulate emissions, while at the same time creating big gains in energy and cost efficiency,” according to an HBPW statement.

The new plant would include two gas-powered turbines and one steam turbine.

The utility also plans to buy 15 megawatts of wind-generated electricity from Elwood, Ind., and 17 megawatts of power from the new wind farm under construction near Ithaca.

The coal fired DeYoung generators will continue to be used until government regulations require a significant capital investment in pollution-control equipment. Part of the plant would cease production in three to four years.


Holland Board of Public Works.

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