NOVEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING: HOLLAND ENERGY PARK
West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will host a luncheon discussion & tour of the new Holland Energy Park for its Monday, November 13 education and networking program.
Registration is closed. No RSVPs will be accepted.
Dave Koster, General Manager of the Holland Board of Public Works, will discuss the site cleanup & construction of the Holland Energy Park, the Park’s future energy plans, and its impact on the communities it serves. Koster will also host a guided tour of the power plant & surrounding park.
Koster has more than 20 years of experience with the HBPW, with significant involvement in power generation programs & planning for the new Energy Park. Koster joined BPW in June 1991, shortly before he earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University, as a Power Supply Engineer. He became a Production Engineering Supervisor at the utility in 1995, and was promoted to Power Resources Director in 1998.
In 2007, Koster moved up to Operations Director, where he was responsible for plant operations in the electric, water and wastewater utilities, as well as overseeing a $63.5 million operating budget. He also helped shape management policy as a member of HBPW’s executive staff.
The Holland Energy Park was established as the latest asset to the city’s 40 – year energy plan. The 240 million dollar investment reduced carbon emissions by 50%, transitioning the city away from the previous James De Young coal fired power plant, to natural gas combustion turbine generators. The Park produces up to 145 megawatts of power, doubling Holland’s power generation efficiency. The design also includes utilization of a heat recovery steam generator, a steam turbine generator, and a heat system to melt snow and ice from downtown sidewalks during the winters.
Before opening doors in October of 2017, the HBPW consulted with Environmental Resource Management for site remediation. The environmental assessment indicated locations with soil contamination and underground storage tanks. Waste such as 350 tires, 2,500 yards of concrete and 1,100 tons of asbestos was recovered, and all possible materials were recycled.
The Park embraces three objectives: to be an exemplary sustainable, long-term energy resource, to enhance the eastern gateway, and to stand as a recreational destination and educational platform.
The WMSBF November Membership meeting is presented by the Holland Board of Public Works.
November Membership Meeting
Monday, November 13
12 pm to 2 pm
Holland Energy Park
1 Energy Park Way
Holland, MI 49423
12 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Welcome and Introductions
12:40 pm Dave Koster, Holland Board of Public Works
1:20 pm Tour of Power Plant & Energy Park
2 pm Adjourn
$15 online / $20 at event Members
$20 online / $25 at event Non-members
See Holland Energy Park map for parking here.