At a total cost of more than $5.7 million, the project is expected to be completed this spring.
In a decision long-awaited by residents, activists and stakeholders, the Grand Haven City Council voted unanimously Monday to authorize the closure of the Sims power plant in June 2020.
Local utility leaning toward small gas plant, wholesale purchasing in absence of Sims.
Community forums are scheduled for Nov. 5-7 at the Grand Haven Community Center. Business forums are set for Nov. 6-7 at the BLP headquarters, 1700 Eaton Drive, Grand Haven.
A new agreement would provide the first-ever solar energy for Grand Haven’s municipal power provider, which generates the majority of its electricity from the Sims coal-burning plant on Harbor Island.
The Grand Haven City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday night to provide direction to the Board of Light & Power on the closure of the Sims power plant, and to ensure a continued partnership to keep the city’s sidewalk snowmelt system running until the plant’s closure.
When asked if the BLP is more reliable than other electric companies, 93 percent of those surveyed during last week’s town hall meetings regarding the proposed shutdown of the Sims plant responded “yes.”
A plan to bury power lines along a stretch of Harbor Drive to coincide with the city’s upcoming street and utility reconstruction project received backing from the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power on Thursday.
BLP and Grand Haven City Council met Wednesday to work through differences regarding the recommended closure of Sims power plant by June 2020.
A Wednesday meeting with the BLP and City Council is planned to discuss the findings of the report.
Grand Haven Board of Light & Power’s peregrine falcon nest box is once again home to several new falcon chicks.
With a goal in mind to close the Sims III power plant by June 2020, local elected officials and stakeholders in Grand Haven’s downtown say they’re concerned with how the transition could affect the business district’s snowmelt system.
The Grand Haven Board of Light & Power says it will be placing the Sims power plant back online today after a planned three-month spring maintenance shutdown.
Grand Haven Board of Light & Power customers should see stability in their electric rates, based on the recently approved BLP business plan.
The discussion follows an April 24 recommendation by the BLP board that calls for the closure of the Sims plant by June 2020.