Jim Storey Appointed to National Public Power Council

Jim Storey, board member, Holland Board of Public Works, has been named to serve on the American Public Power Association's (APPA) Policy Makers Council by APPA's Board of Directors.

The Policy Makers Council assists APPA in promoting federal legislation important to public power systems and opposing harmful legislation. Members of the council meet a minimum of twice a year and participate in meetings with elected representatives and congressional staff.

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to serve on the committee," said Jim. "It's a tribute to the strong, well-earned reputation of Holland BPW and its staff. I look forward to representing HBPW and other Michigan municipal utilities during this time of intense, national energy debate."

The council consists of 40 members who serve on either utility boards or are elected officials in public power communities. Four members are appointed to the council from each of the 10 geographic regions recognized by APPA. In addition, there are a number of "At-Large" members of the Council from across the country who are appointed based on vacancies in the 10 regions.

Storey is the owner and principal of StoreyLine Connections, a marketing, public relations, campaign management and liquor licensing firm in Holland, Michigan. He is an elected official of the Allegan County Board of Commissioners and worked as founding chair of the West Michigan Airport Authority. Past employment includes Consumers Energy and SEMCO ENERGY Gas Company. Active in community affairs, his service includes six and a half years on the Holland Board of Public Works Board, eight years as a Michigan liquor control commissioner, and currently serves on the campaign committee for U.S. Representative Fred Upton.

HOLLAND BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Holland, Michigan – Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) is a recipient of the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Community Service award. The national award is given to public power utilities that have demonstrated commitment of the utility and its employees by enhancing the quality of life in the community through activities that address a community need or improve the community’s social, cultural, educational or economic environment, while providing an opportunity for employee involvement.

The award will be presented to HBPW on June 18 during the APPA National Conference held in Nashville, Tenn.

“Whether it’s Adopt-A-Highway, the National Night Out program, recycling events or sponsoring the Hope College Student Housing Energy-Saving Competition, HBPW is committed to being involved in the Holland community,” said Dave Koster, HBPW general manager. “These are just a sampling of the more than 30 programs and activities HBPW submitted in the application. Not only do these programs allow HBPW to give back, but it gives our employees a chance to be involved in a variety of community service projects as well.”

The APPA Community Service award was established in 1990 to recognize “good neighbor” activities that demonstrate the commitment of the utility and its employees to the community.

APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community- and state- owned electric utilities. It is located in Washington, D.C.

The Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) is a community-owned enterprise providing electric generation and distribution, water, wastewater treatment and broadband utility services to nearly 28,000 business and residential customers in the Holland area. HBPW is committed to enhancing the economic and environmental vitality of the community, providing reliable services at the lowest rates achievable through innovation and efficiency.

HOLLAND BPW APPROVES 16.8 MW WIND CONTRACT TO DIVERSIFY RENEWABLE ENERGY PORTFOLIO

Holland, MI— The Holland BPW has voted to recommend a 20 year renewable energy wind contract with the Michigan Public Power Agency (MPPA) which will purchase the energy from Beebe Wind LLC, located in Ithaca, MI. This contract is the second wind energy power purchase agreement for the HBPW and will increase Holland’s share of wind-generated power from 15 MW to nearly 32 MW. This addition will bring Holland’s renewable energy portfolio to about 16 percent of the city’s total electric sources. The contract will be presented to Holland City Council for approval on March 20.

“Diversifying our portfolio with sustainable and efficient power generation reflects the HBPW’s desire to provide consistent, reliable power to our customers in a responsible way,” stated Dave Koster, HBPW General Manager. “We are committed to deepening our renewable energy offerings for our customers and our community.”

The power purchase agreement with the MPPA for 16.8 MW of wind generation will start out at less than 4.5 cents per kwh and escalate at 2.5% per year over the course of 20 years. The HBPW anticipates Holland will start receiving energy through this contract by August 2014.

In addition to Holland, four other Michigan cities are planning to participate in this power purchase agreement. Holland will be the largest power purchasing city, using 16.8 MW of power from seven turbines. MPPA’s total contract with Beebe is for eleven turbines with an output of 26.4 MW.

“Holland and the other cities are all members of the Michigan Public Power Agency. Entering into a contract as a group, we increase our purchasing power and receive better pricing, and we can pass those savings on to our customers,” stated Koster.

The contract includes expansion of Beebe’s existing Ithaca, MI site which means a positive outlook for a timely completion next year. Competitive pricing and the site’s Michigan location make Beebe Wind an attractive option for the HBPW. The contract also satisfies the state’s requirements for renewable energy under PA 295.

The Holland Board of Public Works is a community-owned enterprise providing utility services to nearly 28,000 business and residential customers in the Holland area. We are committed to improving the economic and environmental quality of the community in partnership with our customers, providing reliable services at the lowest rates achievable through innovation, efficiency, and professional operations. We provide electric generation and distribution, water, wastewater treatment and broadband services to the City of Holland and selected areas.

HOLLAND BPW RATE INCREASES SUPPORT CONTINUOUS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

Holland, MI—The board of directors at the Holland Board of Public Works has voted to approve a set of three-year electric rate increases and one-year water and wastewater rate increases that will help fund a number of critically needed infrastructure improvements as part of the utility’s continuous improvement plan.

If approved by Holland City Council this May, the increases will begin on July 1st. “We need to make the capital investments in infrastructure to prepare our community for the next 50 years,” said Tim Hemingway, president of the HBPW board of directors.

“We will be investing significantly in the electric, water and wastewater utilities proactively to ensure that our long term operation costs remain low and our rates competitive.”

HBPW’s infrastructure improvement strategy includes such projects as water main replacement, sewer main replacement, and lift station improvements. The electric rate increases will help fund construction of a new power generating facility, which is in alignment with the recommendations of the Sustainable Return on Investment study the BPW conducted last year.

“There are real, tangible benefits our community will enjoy from these infrastructure investments,” said David Koster, HBPW general manager. “Those will include things like cleaner, more efficient energy, improved wastewater handling and reductions in repair costs from failed pipes and equipment,” Koster said.

The reality is that those capital investments will require funding that will come from increases in the rates for utility services. HBPW utilities operate financially independent of each other, and each will have its own rate pricing structure. However, the combined rates planned for July 1 will average an increase of 23 cents/day or about $6.90/month for residential customers.

“It is very important to remember that even with the planned increases, Holland BPW customers will continue to enjoy across-the-board utility rates that are among the lowest in our area,” Hemingway said.

The Holland Board of Public Works is a community-owned enterprise providing utility services to nearly 28,000 business and residential customers in the Holland area. We are committed to improving the economic and environmental quality of the community in partnership with our customers, providing reliable services at the lowest rates achievable through innovation, efficiency, and professional operations. We provide electric generation and distribution, water, wastewater treatment and broadband services to the City of Holland and selected areas.