Holland coal plant http://michiganradio.org en Frugal Holland takes on biggest one-time debt for natural gas plant http://michiganradio.org/post/frugal-holland-takes-biggest-one-time-debt-natural-gas-plant <p>The city of Holland will issue $160 million in bonds to build a new power plant. It’s the biggest bond offering the city, the public school district or the city’s publicly owned utility has ever issued.</p><p>Holland is home to a huge population of conservatives whose families emigrated from the Netherlands. That's why the city is known for its <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/tulips-are-back-photos-2013-tulip-time-festival">Tulip Time </a>festival, historic windmill, wooden shoes, and as Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra puts it, being frugal.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:09:06 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16646 at http://michiganradio.org Frugal Holland takes on biggest one-time debt for natural gas plant Holland City Council votes to replace aging coal plant with new natural gas one http://michiganradio.org/post/holland-city-council-votes-replace-aging-coal-plant-new-natural-gas-one <p>The City of Holland plans to build a new $182 million power plant. Wednesday night Holland City Council voted eight to one to replace the city’s more than 70-year-old coal plant with a brand new one that burns natural gas instead.</p><p>“I don’t know about you but I’ve made some bad decisions in my life and I’ve made them probably because I acted too quickly,” City Councilman Wayne Klomparens said before casting the lone “no” vote.</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 05:53:02 +0000 Lindsey Smith 10236 at http://michiganradio.org Holland City Council votes to replace aging coal plant with new natural gas one Should Holland’s power plant stop burning coal and switch to natural gas? http://michiganradio.org/post/should-holland-s-power-plant-stop-burning-coal-and-switch-natural-gas <p>Holland&rsquo;s city owned utility would be better off if it burned natural gas rather than coal in the future. That&rsquo;s the conclusion of a months-long study <a href="http://p21decision.com/2012/08/09/see-the-sroi-results/">released this week.</a></p><p>The city hired an energy consultant firm to figure out which of its many energy options would produce the best return on investment. The firm said natural gas would be the best bang for the buck. The report says that return also considers other factors like the environment.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 22:54:02 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8621 at http://michiganradio.org Should Holland’s power plant stop burning coal and switch to natural gas? City of Holland takes a long-term look at energy issues http://michiganradio.org/post/city-holland-takes-long-term-look-energy-issues <p>Holland City Council adopted guidelines on Wednesday night&nbsp;to handle the city&rsquo;s long-term energy needs.</p><p>The<a href="http://www.cityofholland.com/sites/default/files/fileattachments/final_cep_for_suscom_sept_9_2011_for_website_0.pdf"> comprehensive&nbsp;plan</a> covers a wide variety of energy issues facing the city over the next 40 years.</p><p>Arguably the biggest energy issue long-term is whether the city needs to expand capacity at <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/holland-coal-plant">its coal plant, </a>or maybe modify it to burn natural gas.</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 01:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8340 at http://michiganradio.org City of Holland takes a long-term look at energy issues Environmental group asks Holland not to expand coal plant http://michiganradio.org/post/environmental-group-asks-holland-not-expand-coal-plant <p>People rallied in Holland today to ask officials not to expand the city-owned coal-fired power plant.</p><p>Holland took the state to court get an air quality permit that would allow it to replace a more than 60-year-old boiler with a more efficient one. City officials haven&rsquo;t decided if they will replace it yet or not.</p><p>Tia Lebherz is with the Sierra Club in Holland. She and about twenty others held protest signs outside the Holland farmer&rsquo;s market demanding the city move &ldquo;beyond coal&rdquo;.</p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 19:08:56 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4454 at http://michiganradio.org Environmental group asks Holland not to expand coal plant Environmental groups take state to court for allowing Holland coal plant expansion http://michiganradio.org/post/environmental-groups-take-state-court-allowing-holland-coal-plant-expansion <p>The legal battle over a proposed expansion of a coal-fired power plant in Holland is not over yet. The State of Michigan granted the city the necessary air quality permit in February, following years of delays. But now a number of environmental groups are teaming up and bringing the issue back to court. Thu, 12 May 2011 20:22:12 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2472 at http://michiganradio.org Environmental groups take state to court for allowing Holland coal plant expansion State issues permit for Holland to expand coal-fired-power plant http://michiganradio.org/post/state-issues-permit-holland-expand-coal-fired-power-plant <p>The state’s <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnre">Department of Natural Resources and Environment</a> initially denied the air quality permit. That’s because former Governor Jennifer Granholm said the state must consider whether or not a community really needs more power before issuing a permit. An Ottawa County judge ruled that’s not a good enough reason to deny the permit and ordered the DNRE to review the permit application by this Sunday. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 20:05:23 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1261 at http://michiganradio.org State issues permit for Holland to expand coal-fired-power plant