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The Holland Board of Public Works 2016 Annual Report


Powering the 21st Century

Holland Board of Public Works powers local homes and businesses with reliable energy. Dive into the efforts HBPW has made to responsibly provide for the Holland community and explore the people who make it possible.

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Building a Sustainable Future

Holland Energy Park ™ recently made history in the industry as the first ever power plant to receive an Envision® Award for sustainability. HBPW earned the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s (ISI) highest recognition with the Envision® Platinum Award acknowledging the sustainability of public infrastructure. Since inception, we designed Holland Energy Park™ to be a reliable power resource for the Holland community that is socially, economically and environmentally responsible.

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End of Coal

The James De Young Power Plant had its last coal burn on Thursday, April 13 2016 making way for the transition to the new natural gas plant, Holland Energy Park™. The 75-year-old James De Young Plant (JDY) will still be available to Holland Board of Public Works, but will no longer serve as the regular power source for Holland residents and businesses.

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Reliability for the Community

Steve Bruinsma loves working with people. In his new role as Electric Transmission & Distribution Superintendent, he gets to do just that. With almost thirty people in the department and many large-scale projects occurring this year, Steve works closely each day with the team to meet goals.

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Traveling the Distance

This April, HBPW completed the connection between the Holland Energy Park power plant and the 138,000-volt (138kV) transmission loop that carries high-voltage electricity around our community. The 138kV loop extends 26.4 miles and supplies energy to an additional 600 miles of lower-voltage distribution lines throughout the city of Holland, and Holland, Park, Laketown, and Fillmore townships.

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Service With a Smile

If you frequent the HBPW’s customer service center, you’ve probably met Soubanh Soukhome. He has been working in customer service at the HBPW for 20 years, and his friendly personality and smile have become a staple of our customer service team. Soubanh works face to face with customers, but also helps answer questions and facilitate services over the phone.

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Melting Snow for Small Business

Holland’s snowmelt system draws people downtown during the winter, helping build community. “I love it in downtown Holland,” The Globe owner, Bob Schulze said, “The community here is lively all year long, and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

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Sprinting on the Snowmelt

The Holland snowmelt system expanded on 9th Street this year, offering more clear sidewalks, roads and parking in downtown Holland. The expansion is set to finish this Fall, and connects the system to the Holland Energy Park by installing two mains underneath 9th Street between Central and Columbia. Once complete, the snowmelt will offer nine miles of clear sidewalks.

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How it works

Learn how we generate power through natural gas at the Holland Energy Park™.

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