Holland Board of Public Works Celebrates Public Power Week, Oct. 4-10

September 29, 2015, Holland, Michigan – Holland Board of Public Works is celebrating Public Power Week, Oct. 4-10, along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 48 million Americans.

“Public Power Week celebrates the reliable, affordable electricity HBPW provides to our community,” said Dave Koster, general manager, HBPW. “Public Power Week gives us the chance to emphasize the advantages of locally grown, locally owned power to our citizens.”

“Our service is reliable, affordable and safe, and we take pride in serving our friends and neighbors,” said Koster.

Holland BPW invites customers to participate in a variety of Public Power Week events. Activities include:

• Stop by the HBPW Service Center from noon to 5 pm. on Friday Oct. 9 for free doughnuts, cider and kid’s giveaways. Visit www.hollandbpw.com for more information.

• The Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute will be holding its first annual event, Energize YOU! on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 6-8:30 p.m., at the Midtown Center in Holland. There will be a hands-on-ask-the-expert expo, student videos and awards, an update on the Holland Energy Park and Holland’s standing competing for the Georgetown University Energy Prize, refreshments and more. Visit https://blogs.hope.edu/sustainability-institute/ for more information.

Today, Holland BPW has 175 employees, and provides electric, water, wastewater treatment and broadband utility services to nearly 28,000 business and residential customers in the Holland area.

Holland Board of Public Works Selected as Finalist in First Annual Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards: Awards to Take Place in Lansing on September 22

Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) has been nominated as a finalist for a Governor’s Energy Excellence Award, in the category of Best Project – Public, for its energy efficiency achievements at the HBPW Service Center.

The HBPW Service Center earned ENERGY STAR® Certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2014. To earn the certification, a building must perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nation wide for energy efficiency and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

“Lighting was converted to energy efficient technologies, the main boiler was replaced with a high efficiency unit, insulation was increased and temperature setback controls were installed,” said Dave Koster, general manager, Holland BPW. “The cumulative actions since 2006 resulted in a 50% reduction in electric usage. It’s an honor to be selected a finalist.”

The first annual Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards honors Michigan organizations and individuals for their commitment to responsible energy production and consumption. Michigan has emerged as a leader in energy efficiency and these awards are meant to showcase outstanding achievements in reducing energy waste.

“Reducing energy waste doesn’t have to mean scaling back or doing less. These nominees have demonstrated that it’s possible to do as much or more by finding new and innovative ways to get things done,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “This is important because reliable and affordable energy fuels Michigan’s economy, and continuing to reduce our energy waste is one of the main ways we are going to keep energy prices affordable in Michigan.”

Nominations were made in one of eight categories celebrating differing ways in which energy efficiency can be achieved in the state of Michigan. The award categories include:

  • Best Projects (commercial, residential, public sector, industrial/manufacturing, and agriculture)
  • Innovator of the Year
  • Contractor of the Year
  • Best Communication or Education Program

The finalists and nominees will be recognized at an event in Lansing on September 22. 

Holland Board of Public Works Receives Environmental Award for Collaborative Recycling Event

Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) has been awarded the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's (MDEQ) Neighborhood Environmental Partners Program Award for its outstanding commitment to environmental community outreach.

The Neighborhood Environmental Partners (NEP) program recognizes community-based projects and the partners who make them possible, including local units of government, non-profits, and others who work together to implement ongoing environmental and social projects. HBPW is a member of MDEQ's Michigan Business Pollution Prevention program and is required to set annual goals and report on its pollution prevention activities annually.

HBPW was chosen for its success in collaborating with other local utilities and businesses within the greater West Michigan community, specifically the annual Recycle Rewards event, in which HBPW teamed up with Consumers Energy, Comprenew, Hope Church, Herman Miller and JACO Environmental.

The event offered a unique opportunity for HBPW and Consumers Energy customers to lower their electricity bill and get money in their pocket by getting rid of old, inefficient appliances. Customers were able to turn in up to two working freezers and refrigerators for a $50 rebate, and for up to two room air conditioners and dehumidifiers, a $15 rebate. Most importantly, the appliances were recycled and the Freon properly removed, which kept them from being disposed

of in a landfill. Comprenew, a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping unwanted electronics

out of the environment by extending their life cycle or recycling their components, was also present at the event to take unwanted and outdated televisions (no CRTs), computers, cell phones, microwaves and more. Comprenew wipes all data from the electronics before recycling.

“It’s been a pleasure to continue our collaborative efforts with various organizations in the West Michigan community,” said Dave Koster, general manager, Holland BPW. “The event has become one that customers anticipate and we’re glad we have been able to offer it as an annual event.”

This was the fourth consecutive year HBPW has organized the Recycle Rewards event and the fifth consecutive year HBPW has received the NEP award from the MDEQ.

Customers who missed the Recycle Rewards event can still take advantage of HBPW’s refrigerator recycling rebate, which is available year-round.

“Our Energy Smart program encourages HBPW customers to turn in their old, but working refrigerators and freezers for a $50 rebate,” said Anne Saliers, community energy services manager, HBPW. “It’s convenient because HBPW, who partners with JACO Environmental, sends someone to the customer’s home to pick up the appliance. Customers receive a check in the mail four to six weeks later.”

HBPW customers replacing their old refrigerator with a new one can also qualify for an additional $25 rebate if they choose an ENERGY STAR® rated refrigerator.

Learn more about HBPW’s Energy Smart rebates at www.hollandbpw.com.

To view the full list of Neighborhood Environmental Partners Award recipients visit http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/Michigans_Neighborhood_Environmental_Partners_495772_7.pdf

Coming to Holland; Something Big, Really Big

Big things are coming to Holland. Literally.

During four days in August the Holland Board of Public Works will be transporting major components for the new Holland Energy Park from Verplank Dock. The equipment on the move from August 9 – 12 will be the heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) for Holland's new power generating facility.

The HRSGs capture waste heat from the power generation process and use it to create the steam that drives Holland's steam turbine generator and ultimately the downtown snowmelt system. The new HRSGs at the Holland Energy Park will eventually allow HBPW to expand Holland's existing snowmelt system and offer additional services.

The HRSGs are big, really big. They will be transported from the waterfront via 13th Street on special crawler equipment that moves at just over two miles per hour. At 70 feet long, nearly 20 feet tall and 17 feet wide, they will require the full width of the streets along the route they will travel.

For that reason, the Holland Police Department will be closing the streets along the transit route on a rolling basis to make sure the HRSGs can move through safely. That means that for some periods during August 9 – 12 residents along the transit route will need to plan for street traffic and parking closures in front of their homes in advance of and during the HRSG's transit.

"The HRSGs are a critical part of the benefits and value the Holland Energy Park is going to deliver to our community," said Dave Koster, HBPW general manager. "We apologize for any inconvenience the transit may cause, and we are committed to being as efficient as possible with the time needed to get the HRSGs safely to their new home."

The schedule* for the transit is:

 Sunday, August 9 - 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

 Monday, August 10 - 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

 Tuesday, August 11 - 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 12 -10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

*Subject to change.