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Holland officials postpone energy plant decision

The Holland Sentinel • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:52 AM

A resolution of support for the Holland Board of Public Works staff's recommendation of a 114-megawatt combined cycle natural gas power plant was on the City Council’s Wednesday agenda. However, it was removed at the beginning of the meeting in a vote to amend the agenda.

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A clean energy advocate is applauding the delay.

“This is a process that shouldn’t be rushed, and we’re glad the members of the Holland City Council decided to take a step back,” said Susan Harley of Clean Water Action. “There are still issues that need to be resolved, like implementing an energy-efficiency plan and setting a specific date for retiring the DeYoung coal plant. Retiring this coal plant and transitioning to renewable energy is a win-win for Holland and its residents. We encourage City Council to address all concerns about this potential gas plant before moving forward with any concrete plans.”

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