BPW to consider new wind options

October 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

The commercial wind opportunities mentioned briefly by Holland Board of Public Works officials in recent energy meetings could be coming to fruition.

The BPW Board of Directors will consider Monday at its regular meeting two commercial wind energy options.

During recent informational meetings regarding the BPW’s Sustainable Return On Investment report, naysayers have questioned why the BPW is considering a substantial investment in natural gas — the report’s finding was that 114 megawatts combined cycle natural gas plant is Holland’s most sustainable option for the next 25 years — without including more renewable resources such as wind and solar.

BPW General Manager Dave Koster mentioned on a few occasions that since the BPW ended its wind energy study in Overisel Township that purchased wind options could be on the horizon.

One option on Monday’s agenda is a 10-year agreement with Elmwood, Ind.-based Wildcat 1 Windfarm LLC., for 15 megawatts of power.

The recommended agreement would start at a cost of $45.72 per megawatt hour in 2013 and end in 2022 at a cost of $61.59 per megawatt hour.

The second is a 20-year agreement with Bebee Renewable Energy LLC located near Ithaca, N.Y., for 16.8 megawatts of wind energy. Prices were not included in the recommendation.

Both options include the corresponding renewable energy credits.

Both options also need city attorney review and city council approval if the BPW board approves them.

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