GRBJ Awards Dan Nally as Sustainability Newsmaker of the Year

Holland Board of Public Works (BPW) Business Services Director Dan Nally has been named Newsmaker of the Year in the Sustainability category by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. In an awards ceremony at Meijer Gardens this morning, the publication awarded Nally for his leadership in building a sustainable, affordable and reliable energy future for the Holland community, including development of the coming Holland Energy Park.

“It was an honor to receive this award alongside so many other important community influencers,” said Nally. “I’m thankful to belong to a great team of forward-thinking colleagues at the BPW who all share the same positive vision for the Holland community.”

Joining Holland BPW in 2007, Nally has been a driving force behind development of the next generation of power generation in Holland. In 2008, Nally and a team from the BPW took the conversation about Holland’s future energy into the public space, eventually leading an innovative Sustainable Return on Investment study to seek a solution that met the community’s needs for sustainability, affordability and reliability. The results pointed toward combined cycle natural gas technology, and 2014 marked several milestones for the project including the release of the plant’s striking architectural designs, site preparation and environmental land remediation.

“Dan is all about doing things the right way the first time, and that’s a value that’s deeply held in Holland,” said Dave Koster, general manager for the Holland BPW. “We’re truly thankful to work alongside him.”

Holland BPW and City Council Approve Contract for Construction of Holland Energy Park

The Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) and Holland City Council have approved an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract with Southfield, MI-based Barton Malow for the design and construction of the Holland Energy Park natural gas power plant. HBPW and Barton Malow entered into an engineering services agreement (ESA) in November to begin preliminary engineering for the plant and develop final language on the EPC contract.

“The last couple months have been invaluable in helping us reach a contract that’s favorable for all parties,” said Dave Koster, general manager at HBPW. “We have great confidence in the Barton Malow team, and we’re eager to see the Holland Energy Park take shape.”

While the approved bid was for nearly $145 million, HBPW anticipates that adjustments during the open book period of the contract will land the final price below their original budget of $140 million. However, the board still recommended approval of $145 million for contingency purposes.

With construction set to begin next month, the contract schedule calls for generation and testing in late 2016, and substantial completion by February, 2017. More detailed construction milestones are available at p21decision.com/the-new-power-plant/construction-timeline/.

 

Holland Among Elite Communities Across the Nation Leading the Way on Energy Efficiency

Today, the City of Holland, officially advances to the Semifinal round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national competition that is challenging communities across the U.S. to rethink their energy use. At a press event in Washington, D.C. today, Holland was announced as one of the 50 communities who are leading the way on energy efficiency.

"We are honored to be competing alongside some of the best and most efficient cities in America," said Kurt Dykstra, mayor, Holland. "The Georgetown University Energy Prize competition offers a unique opportunity for Holland to make huge strides in energy efficiency and really work toward our goal of becoming a world-class, energy efficient city."

The city is working collaboratively with Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) and SEMCO ENERGY Gas Company to develop participatory, community-facing programs that will help reduce energy consumption in homes, municipal buildings and K-12 schools throughout the two-year competition. The final outcome is intended to be utilized by cities of all sizes across the country, so it's important for Holland's plan to be replicable and scalable.

"Mayors and executives across the county have told us that this Prize gives them the momentum to accelerate their energy efficiency efforts," said Dr. Francis Slakey, Founder and Executive Director of the Georgetown University Energy Prize. Slakey continued, "These Semifinalist communities are leading the way for other small- and medium-size cities and counties to secure their energy efficient future."

"The entire community has been involved in this endeavor, and will continue to be throughout the next two years," said Ryan Cotton, city manager, Holland. "Residential associations, governments, institutions and businesses have all made the commitment to help reduce their energy consumption."

Holland joins two other communities from Michigan, Farmington Hills and Houghton County, in this friendly competition to improve energy efficiency for all.

"The competition looks truly like America," said Dr. Slakey. "Not only do these communities come from across the map, they represent the nation's full political, social and economic diversity. Some are paying the highest prices for energy, some have the ambition to be carbon net-zero, but all communities share the goal of transforming America's energy future."

To learn more about the Georgetown University Energy Prize and to track the competition's progress, visit www.guep.org, or follow the Prize on Twitter (@GUEnergyPrize) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/guenergyprize).

For more information about Holland's efforts and ways you can get involved, please visit www.hollandenergyprize.com

HBPW Awarded For Exemplary Corporate Environmental Responsibility

Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) has been awarded the Clean Corporate Citizen (C3) designation from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for its exemplary corporate environmental responsibility in its Electric Production Department.

The HBPW Electric Production Department has demonstrated its environmental stewardship by meeting several criteria for the C3 designation including the development and implementation of an environmental management system, participating in a state pollution prevention program and a strong environmental compliance record.

"The culture and proactive commitment to environmental stewardship that exist in the Electric Production Department of Holland BPW make participation in the Clean Corporate Citizen program a natural fit," said Dave Koster, general manager, HBPW. "We're proud to receive C3 designation."

"As facilities are planned or new processes introduced, consideration of environmental impact is foremost throughout the planning process and our record of ongoing regulatory compliance for existing operations is always the result of a team effort," said Mike Radakovitz, electric production superintendent, HBPW

Integrating environmental thinking into the daily operations also resulted in:

  • A 10.2 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from James De Young and the 48th Street Generating Stations in 2013.
  • A hybrid gas/electric car purchased for power plant staff use in 2013. It was used for a total of 5,413 miles that year, reducing car exhaust emissions by eliminating staff's personal car use for off-site meetings.
  • HBPW joining the American Public Power Association's "Tree Power Program," an ongoing, sustained tree planting program for public power customers. During the Tulip Time Festival the week of May 6, 2013, as the official conservation sponsor, HBPW gave away more than 700 tulip poplar and crabapple seedlings to promote environmental responsibility, proper planting for utility line safety and energy efficiency.
  • A successful Personal Pharmaceutical Collection program that included setting up 12 area sites (mostly pharmacies) that collect uncontrolled drugs on a daily basis, along with the Holland Department of Public Safety, that accepts controlled and uncontrolled drugs. Nearly 550 pounds of drugs were collected and kept out of the watershed in 2013.
  • Additionally, Holland BPW secured wind contracts with the Michigan Public Power Agency in 2012 to incorporate zero carbon wind energy, and is also on track to complete a natural gas combined cycle plant, the Holland Energy Park, in early 2017, which will produce 50 percent less carbon dioxide.

Electric generating assets in the Electric Production Department of the Holland BPW portfolio have the capacity to provide more than 240 MW's of power to the greater Holland community. It is the policy of HBPW to promote environmental stewardship by integrating resource efficiency and conservation.

A certificate of recognition was given to all six facilities that make up the Electric Production Department at HBPW including: James De Young Generating Facility, 48th Street Peaking Station, 6th Street Peaking Station, Natural Gas Pipeline Operations, Odorization Station and Landfill.

HBPW has also been honored for its environmental efforts in being named the Macatawa Watershed Project Stakeholder of the Year in 2014, receiving MDEQ's Neighborhood Environmental Partners Award, yearly, from 2011-2014, and receiving the ENERGY STAR® Additionally, Holland BPW secured wind contracts with the Michigan Public Power Agency in 2012 to incorporate zero carbon wind energy, and is also on track to complete a natural gas combined cycle plant, the Holland Energy Park, in early 2017, which will produce 50 percent less carbon dioxide.

Electric generating assets in the Electric Production Department of the Holland BPW portfolio have the capacity to provide more than 240 MW's of power to the greater Holland community. It is the policy of HBPW to promote environmental stewardship by integrating resource efficiency and conservation.

A certificate of recognition was given to all six facilities that make up the Electric Production Department at HBPW including: James De Young Generating Facility, 48th Street Peaking Station, 6th Street Peaking Station, Natural Gas Pipeline Operations, Odorization Station and Landfill.

HBPW has also been honored for its environmental efforts in being named the Macatawa Watershed Project Stakeholder of the Year in 2014, receiving MDEQ's Neighborhood Environmental Partners Award, yearly, from 2011-2014, and receiving the ENERGY STAR®