Holland BPW to sell leftover coal from James De Young power plant

The Board of Public Works (BPW) in Holland, Michigan plans to sell leftover coal from its James De Young (JDY) power plant to other organizations, officials said April 13.

Holland BPW burned its last coal at the 76-year-old power plant on April 13, and the local utility will be preparing to remove the coal yard and ash ponds in 2017, BPW said in a news release.

“JDY is a piece of history in our community that represents Holland’s ability to make forward-thinking and innovative decisions,” said Dave Koster, general manager, Holland BPW. “JDY has served the community very reliably since 1940, when it was constructed.”

Even though coal will no longer be burned at JDY, it will not be closing its doors.

“There will still be two generating units able to generate with natural gas,” said Koster. “The plant will continue to be staffed even as employees begin to transition to the Holland Energy Park (HEP) throughout the summer and fall.”

Holland has said that its 145-MW natural gas-fueled Holland Energy Park is about 50% complete. The new plant is on schedule to open in early 2017.

James De Young is one of several Michigan plants that are ceasing to generate power with coal. CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS) utility Consumers Energy just recently retired its “classic seven” coal units in Michigan.

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