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GRAND HAVEN BOARD OF LIGHT & POWER CELEBRATES ITS 125 YEAR ANNIVERSARY, INVITES COMMUNITY TO OPEN HOUSE EVENT

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Monday, September 20, 2021, | Grand Haven, MI — Grand Haven Board of Light and Power (GHBLP) is celebrating 125 Years of Service to the greater Grand Haven community on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, with a community open house from 5-7 PM at their Service Center, 1700 Eaton Drive, hosting live music, free refreshments, and fun giveaways.

Grand Haven’s electric utility was created on September 29, 1896, when citizens voted to approve a $10,000 bond issue for its first municipal electrical generator. The first “power plant” was a 150hp steam engine belted to a 100-light, 1200 candlepower constant arc dynamo (direct current generator), and a 75kW alternating current dynamo. The total cost was $9,985.85.

Since that time, GHBLP has grown to serve nearly 14,800 customers in the greater Grand Haven area. The utility has many successes to celebrate, especially those achieved over the last 5 years. Most notable was the retirement and demolition of the historic JB Sims 70MW coal-fired plant, a pivotal transition from reliance on local, fossil-fuel generation to a reliance on a diverse power supply portfolio and advanced distribution. Prior to this milestone in 2020 was a series of important replacements to the aging transmission system that enabled upgraded, high-reliability service from regional power suppliers, from which the community now receives 100% of its power.

Now entering a very new chapter in the history of GHBLP, the utility is invested strongly in renewables and advanced technology. In five years, GHBLP has made substantial increases in renewable energy investments, tripling its 2016 amounts and exceeding state-mandated requirements, through long-term wind and solar Purchase Power Agreements with Michigan Public Power Agency (MPPA). In addition, the utility has installed advanced meters at all customer locations, modernizing our existing electrical distribution system to meet increased demands for energy efficiency, insight into cost-reduction strategies, and increased use of renewable energy. Distribution and service improvements earned GHBLP the Platinum RP3 designation, the highest recognition in safety and reliability from the American Public Power Association, earlier this year.

“In this 125th year, we are moving from a ‘generation-centric’ electric utility to a ‘distribution centric electric utility,” stated David Walters, GHBLP General Manager. “Regardless of where the power comes from, we will continue to faithfully serve our community with access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable electric service for many, many years to come,” Walters added.

Established in 1896, the Board of Light & Power serves 14,800 customers in the greater Grand Haven area.

GRAND HAVEN BOARD OF LIGHT & POWER PARTNERS WITH NEW SOLAR PROJECT UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN MICHIGAN

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September 13, 2021

 

GRAND HAVEN BOARD OF LIGHT & POWER PARTNERS WITH NEW SOLAR PROJECT UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN MICHIGAN

 

Monday, September 13, 2021 – Invenergy has completed term and construction financing for the 200MW Calhoun Solar project, which is currently under construction and scheduled to begin commercial operation in 2022. Located in Calhoun County, it will support approximately 300 jobs over the course of the construction period. Invenergy senior vice president Anneli Alers said: “Invenergy is proud to achieve construction financing for the Calhoun Solar project, an important step in bringing our first solar project in Michigan to fruition.”

The Calhoun Solar Project will provide clean, renewable energy to Michiganders who obtain their power supply from a large group of locally owned and controlled municipal electric utilities that aggregate and share power supply through the Michigan Public Power Agency (MPPA). MPPA is a municipal power joint action agency that provides wholesale power supply and related services to publicly owned electric utilities in Michigan. “The Calhoun Solar Project is part of a growing portfolio of renewable resources MPPA has committed to which is transforming our member power supply and moving us toward a decarbonized future,” said MPPA CEO Patrick Bowland.

As a Member of MPPA, the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power and the local community are proud to be involved in the Calhoun Solar project. “Renewables are a vital part of Grand Haven’s energy future,” said David Walters, General Manager. “We are excited to see new projects like Calhoun Solar come to Michigan and look forward to further opportunities to reduce carbon dependency and reach Grand Haven’s sustainability goals as we continue to supply our customers with affordable, reliable, and sustainable power.  Our purchase agreement with MPPA anticipates 5.85 MW of solar capacity from Calhoun Solar and the project is expected to generate approximately 12,000 MWh annually for our use after its commercial operations date, about 3.8% of our system’s energy requirements in 2023.”

 

Michigan Public Power Agency
517-323-8919www.mpower.org
Grand Haven Board of Light & Power

616-846-6250

www.ghblp.org

 

GHBLP PUBLIC NOTICE OF MEETING LOCATION CHANGE

Please take notice that Grand Haven Board of Light & Power’s Board of Directors will hold its
regularly scheduled Board meeting on Thursday, September 16, 2021, in the Ballroom of the Grand
Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus, Grand Haven, Michigan. The meeting will begin at
4:00 pm and is open to the public.

Board Agenda September 16, 2021

The meeting location has changed, and you still view the meeting live via Zoom using the procedures below.

Notice of Location Change for Board Meeting September 16, 2021

GHBLP 125th Anniversary Celebration

Join us in celebrating the power of hard work and service to our community on Wednesday, September 29 from 5-7 PM at our Service Center, 1700 Eaton Drive as we commemorate the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power’s 125th Anniversary! We will be hosting live music, refreshments, and fun giveaways, so be sure to stop by!

GRAND HAVEN BOARD OF LIGHT & POWER TO CONSIDER PROJECT AND BONDING REVISIONS

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GRAND HAVEN BOARD OF LIGHT & POWER TO CONSIDER PROJECT AND BONDING REVISIONS

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 | Grand Haven, MI — Grand Haven Board of Light and Power is expected to consider revisions to the $45 million Sims site redevelopment project and its bond financing plan, including potentially removing the local power generation component and relocating other necessary facilities elsewhere, at their upcoming August 19th meeting.

In 2018, the Board and City Council voted 4-0 and 5-0 respectively to develop a plan for local generation and to provide a heat source for the city’s snowmelt system. City Council’s tabling of the bond vote on Monday combined with decreased community support for local generation, and other utility facilities on the Sims site, likely means the Board will revise and potentially remove components of the bond project.

“We feel that local generation as an option at the Sims site or elsewhere no longer has adequate support to move forward. This Thursday, the Board will discuss alternatives to meeting utility needs and state-mandated capacity requirements without constructing local generation,” said David Walters, GHBLP General Manager.

“The majority of the Board still believes that redeveloping the Sims site is the best plan holistically and financially for our community,” said board chair Jack Smant. “However, with no economical or suitable local alternatives that meet the joint City Council and Board direction, and reduced community support for this combined heat and power option on the Sims site, it is time to reconsider alternative purchases to meet our capacity requirements and alternative facility options to meet our operational needs. Unfortunately, we do not have the time to further evaluate and re-evaluate this option without taking these necessary actions.”

With decreased community support for funding this local generation project to cover the utility’s remaining capacity needs, GHBLP General Manager David Walters is expected to recommend the Board authorize Michigan Public Power Agency (MPPA) to purchase the required capacity from the market, filling the void created by not moving forward with this project.

The Board will also begin evaluating alternatives to the Sims site for the needed Operations & Technical Center to house GHBLP’s employees and technical workspaces, as well as other distribution equipment.

Thursday’s Board Meeting will be held at 4:00 pm at the Grand Haven Community Center at 421 Columbus Ave.

The GHBLP provides electricity for approximately 14,800 customers in Grand Haven and the surrounding area.

ANNUAL SUMMARY REPORT | 2020 Energy Waste Reduction Program & Renewable Energy Plan

Our Mission
The GHBLP mission is to meet our community’s expectations for reliable electric service that returns value to our customers and ensures the economic and environmental sustainability of the utility.This report covers some of the efforts by the GHBLP to support energy efficiency, waste reduction,  conservation, and renewable energy utilization.

Read Full 2020 Annual Summary Report

Energy Reports

Renewable Energy Portfolio Update

Power Supply is one of six Strategic Priorities established in the GHBLP’s 2022 – 2026 Strategic Plan. Specific areas of focus include portfolio diversification and renewable energy supply. To address these areas, the Board established a goal to evaluate potential projects, emerging technologies, and longer-term purchased power alternatives that will provide “a sustainable, economical, and diversified power supply portfolio.” Additionally, Public Act 342 increased the renewable energy portfolio standard from 10% to 12.5% in 2019 and to 15% beginning in 2021.

On June 1, 2020, GHBLP retired its coal-fired generation plant on Harbor Island and its Diesel Plant on Harbor Drive and is currently purchasing 100% of its power supply through the Michigan Public Power Agency (MPPA), a joint action agency of the State of Michigan, with 22 municipally-owned electric utility members and six associate member systems. In 2020, MPPA projects and purchases provided GHBLP the required 12.5% of supply from a combination of past renewable energy credits, landfill gas, solar, and wind energy.

Securing a Sustainable Energy Future
Grand Haven Board of Light & Power (GHBLP) has transitioned from a single-source coal-fired power plant to a diversified power supply portfolio and technologically advanced distribution system.

Projected 2024 Supply Portfolio

PUBLIC NOTICE OF GHBLP BOARD MEETING LOCATION CHANGE

Please take notice that Grand Haven Board of Light & Power’s Board of Directors will hold its
regularly scheduled Board meeting on Thursday, August 19, 2021, at 1700 Eaton Drive, Grand
Haven, Michigan. The meeting will begin at 4:00 pm and is open to the public.

Board Agenda August 19, 2021-Revised

The meeting location has changed, and you still view the meeting live via Zoom using the procedures below.

Notice of Location Change for Board Meeting August 19, 2021

 

Michigan PFAS Action Response Team to update Grand Haven residents on PFAS investigation

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July 23, 2021
EGLE Media Office, EGLE-Assist@Michigan.gov, 517-284-9278

Michigan PFAS Action Response Team to update Grand Haven residents on JB Sims PFAS investigation

The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) will update residents near JB Sims Generating Station on its investigation of PFAS contamination at the Generating Station on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

MPART representatives from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) along with the Ottawa County Department of Public Health will host the virtual community meeting on July 28, 2021, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

The meeting is planned as an online event, rather than an in-person meeting.

To register for and participate in the online meeting, visit the registration website https://bit.ly/36KLmW0. Pre-registration and providing a name is not required to attend the meeting. Those interested in participating can go to the registration website at the start of the meeting (6:00 pm) to join.

Individuals without internet access can listen to the meeting by calling 636-651-3142 and entering the conference code, 374288.

After the presentations, there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

Within a few days of the meeting, a page for the JB Sims Generation Station will be made available within Michigan.gov/PFASResponse. The page will include the meeting materials and a recording of the meeting.

For questions about the JB Sims Generating Station investigation, contact Kent Walters, EGLE, at waltersk7@michigan.gov or call him at 616-278-4350. For questions related to PFAS and health, contact Lisa Fischer, MDHHS at FischerL@michigan.gov or call her at 517-331-2523 or 800-648-6942.

EGLE does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, national origin, color, marital status, disability, political beliefs, height, weight, genetic information, or sexual orientation in the administration of any of its programs or activities and prohibits intimidation and retaliation, as required by applicable laws and regulations.

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