HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — After 76 years, the James De Young Power Plant in Holland is no longer burning coal.
Wednesday was the last day that coal was burned at the plant, which was built in 1940.
“It’s kind of bittersweet because coal has been in Holland for 75 years. Certainly a lot of history there for the Holland community,” Holland Board of Public Works General Manager Dave Koster said.
The plant will remain staffed and keep generating power using natural gas as operations are transitioned to the new Holland Energy Park by the end of the fall.
The Board of Public Works is more than halfway through the construction of the energy park, which includes a state-of-the-art gas-fired power plant.
In a statement, Koster said the new energy park is the realization of a “vision for more sustainable, affordable and reliable energy” in Holland.
Leftover coal at the De Young Power Plant will be sold as the city works to remove the coal yard and ash ponds in 2017.