The Holland Board of Public Works has approved a 114 MW natural gas fired electric generating facility to replace its seventy year old 65 MW coal-fired power plant. This decision effectively abandons the coal-fired generating option for which an air use permit was obtained in June of 2012.
The two gas turbine and one steam turbine configuration will provide considerable generating flexibility. The new project could enable the city to expand its downtown snowmelt system and/or create a district heating system utilizing heated water. The location of the new facility needs to be determined before air permitting can commence. Contract negotiations are ongoing for another 17 MW of wind energy from the Exelon Wind’s Beebe Community Wind project in Gratiot County.