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Grand Haven, Friday, May 31, 2013 -- Grand Haven Board of Light & Power’s Board of Directors adopted its business plan for the next fiscal year at their May 23 meeting with no change to its base electric rates.
BLP officials report they have begun to see recovery from the recession, which has helped lead them to a position where they can forgo an increase in rates. BLP large industrial customers are showing signs of growth and last year’s hot summer has contributed to overall sales projections.
“At our budget approval last year we had projected a 4% increase to base rates for FY14,” stated Annette Allen, BLP General Manager. “We are pleased that our recent improvement in sales combined with our continued efforts to control costs provides us with the opportunity to leave base rates at current levels,” added Allen.
Friday, May 24, 2013, Grand Haven -- MDNR Wildlife Biologist Nik Kalejs and Grand Haven Board of Light and Power employee's Matt McKee and Mike Killibrew made the 240 foot climb up the chimney at the J.B. Sims Generating Facility for the annual banding of the Peregrine Falcon brood. The BLP reports their thirteenth consecutive brood raised by a pair of rare wild Peregrine Falcons that began nesting on the Grand Haven power plant's chimney in 2001.
Wildlife Biologist Kalejs reported one healthy chick in the nest box.
"With the BLP's camera and recording system, we were able to pinpoint the hatch date, which is very beneficial for timing the banding," stated Kalejs. "As of today, the chick is predicted to be 24 days old with a hatch date projected at April 30th, which is right where you want them to be for banding purposes," added Kalejs.