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PUBLIC NOTICE OF TIME CHANGE FOR BOARD MEETING JANUARY 20, 2022

Please take notice that Grand Haven Board of Light & Power’s Board of Directors will hold its
regularly scheduled Board meeting on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 1700 Eaton Drive, Grand
Haven, Michigan. The meeting will begin at 4:00 pm and is open to the public.
The meeting may be viewed live via Zoom using the procedures listed on the Public Notice.

Board Meeting Agenda January 20, 2022

Public Notice of Time Change for Board Meeting January 20, 2022

Public Notice of Joint Meeting January 20, 2022

Sims Site Environmental Update: Town Hall Meeting

Update: This event was held on Jan 13, 2021. A video is available here:

BLP Harbor Island Remediation – YouTube

Original Post:

Please join the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power for a Town Hall Meeting to hear an update on the environmental compliance efforts at the former Sims site over the last 6 months. Presenters will include Erik Booth, Operations and Power Supply Manager for GHBLP, and expert representatives from Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C. as well as Golder Associates. Questions for the meeting may be submitted in advance to blpadmin@ghblp.org.

When? Thursday, Jan 13, 2022 at 6:00PM
Where? Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave

The event will also be live-streamed through Zoom. Details below.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Jan 13, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Townhall Meeting – Environmental Compliance Update

 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85079134910?pwd=RTBPRCtnNjlGblBFYXVuSkgwNWl3Zz09

Passcode: 953715

Or One tap mobile :

US: 8778535257,,85079134910#,,,,*953715# (Toll Free) or 8884754499,,85079134910#,,,,*953715# (Toll Free)

Or Telephone:

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Webinar ID: 850 7913 4910

Passcode: 953715

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Public Notice of Board Meeting

Board Meeting Agenda December 16, 2021

On December 6, 2021, the Grand Haven City Council declared a local state of emergency giving
local units of government the ability to conduct public meetings through remote access technology,
including conference calling, real-time streaming, or other platforms through December 31, 2021.
Please take notice that Grand Haven Board of Light & Power’s Board of Directors will hold an
electronic Board meeting on Thursday, December 16, 2021, at 4:00 pm.

Public Notice Electronic Board Meeting

STRATEGIC PROGRESS REPORT

Every five years GHBLP convenes to create a strategic plan that determines our direction for the short term, allowing us to align our vision with community feedback at regular intervals.

Our FY 2017-2021 Strategic Plan did just that, and we’re pleased to present the successes of that plan with you, including how we have worked hard to follow our community’s vision for the future of Grand Haven’s power supply.

Read more about how GHBLP has prioritized reliability, affordability, and sustainability for our community.

Read the Report

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

COMMUNITY NEWS

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

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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