As a life-long resident of Grand Haven, the bulky smokestacks on Harbor Island always rubbed me the wrong way. Growing up, I often cursed the power plant and its seemingly endless stream of smoke for cloudy firework displays and hazy sunsets (regardless of whether or not it happened to more realistically be the fault of Mother Nature).

Therefore, on Nov. 19, 2019, when Grand Haven’s Board of Light & Power announced it would be decommissioning the J.B. Sims Generating Station by June 1, 2020, I had a strong urge to celebrate not only for the environment but also the city’s many beloved visitors and natural draws.

About the writer: Hannah Peplinski is the policy intern for WMEAC and a Grand Haven resident.

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Poor little snowflake did she curse every time she turned a light on?

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