A spokesperson for the Board of Public Works (BPW) in Holland, Michigan confirmed April 14 that the utility’s James De Young power plant has now burned its last coal.
The last day of burning coal at the plant was April 13.
The James De Young power plant was initially built in 1939, and the facility housed two coal-fired boilers that together could generate 15 MW.
Additional units were added over time, according to the Holland BPW website. Unit 3 was built in 1953, burns coal only, and produces 11.5 MW. The excess heat from this unit is used to heat water used in the snowmelt system for downtown Holland. Unit 4 was built in 1961 and produces 22 MW. Unit 5 was built in 1968 and produces 29 MW Both unit 4 and 5 can burn either natural gas, or coal, according to the Holland BPW website.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson said that construction is probably 50% complete on the 145-MW Holland Energy Park
The gas-fueled combined heat and power facility is expected to be fully operational early in 2017. The project represents a $200m investment.
The new power plant is expected to achieve a 50% reduction in carbon emissions and the virtual elimination of solid particle pollutants and also double the fuel efficiency of Holland’s present power generation.
The project should result in an expansion on Holland’s innovative snowmelt system and, potentially, district heating, BPW said.