In Michigan
5:45 pm
Wed July 7, 2010

Agency: Holland didn't make case for coal plant

HOLLAND, MI –

A state agency says Holland has failed to make its case for building a new coal-fired power plant.

The Michigan Public Service Commission staff said Wednesday that the Holland Board of Public Works failed to adequately demonstrate the need for the plant.

The report says Holland didn't justify the plant as the sole source for projected demand. It also says the western Michigan city "underestimated the potential impact of energy efficiency in future years."

The state agency has sent its report to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

A phone and an e-mail message were left after business hours Wednesday seeking comment from Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra.