Where do we get power?
We Are Committed to Diversified Power Generation
Holland Board of Public Works offers a diverse energy portfolio, distributing energy from natural gas, coal, wind, biomass, and landfill gas. In fact, with our Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) over 16% of our power comes from sustainable energy sources, significantly more than the state requirement of 10%. This diversity helps us to keep our rates consistent and competitive, sourcing our power from the most affordable option at any given time.
We still get power from coal?
Yes, while our own James De Young power plant burned its last coal in April, 2016, Holland BPW has contracts to purchase power from two coal plants in Michigan. DTE’s Belle River plant in St. Claire and the Consumers Energy J.H. Campbell plant in West Olive contribute 45MW to our power portfolio.
- Coal is affordable, reliable and has a vast existing infrastructure in our state.
- Unlike renewables, coal provides an important supply of continuous base load power – even when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind isn’t blowing.
How does Holland use wind energy?
Holland BPW buys power through two power purchase agreements (PPAs) with two wind energy parks in the midwest. These PPAs are an important part of our portfolio and go above and beyond state requirements.
- 16.8 MW from an array in Ithaca, MI
- 15 MW from an array in Elwood, IN.
How does wind energy work?
Most wind-based power generation involves an array of wind turbines built in an area with consistent, year-round wind. Wind drives the turbine’s propeller-like blades, which in turn drive the electric generator inside. Power is then transferred down the shaft to a transformer at the base, where power is transmitted into the grid.
Why wind energy?
Wind energy has a small ecological footprint and produces no carbon emissions, making it a sustainable energy source over the long term. Unfortunately, wind power only contributes to the grid during the right weather conditions when turbines are in motion, making it serve best as a supplement to base load energy production.