To meet the future energy needs of our community, Holland must explore our base load generation options. In the months ahead, our community has an important decision to make. We want you to be a part of it.
Holland Board of Public Works P21 Communications Plan
Community Engagement 2011<br />Communications Plan<br />
What is P21?<br />P21 is a communication effort by the Holland BPW to engage the Holland Community in open and balanced discussions on the electric generation options available to Holland for its upcoming decision on base load generation.<br />
Why do we need a decision? (cont.)<br />Annual Peak Demand<br />
Why do we need a decision? (cont.)<br /><ul><li>The BPW had 14 days this summer where hourly Peak Demands were over 200 MW.
On July 21, 2011 the maximum hourly Peak Demand was 225 MW. With a 12% reserve margin, that puts required capacity at 252 MW, putting current generation capacity close to maximum.
Holland’s electric usage is growing: A single new industry like LG Chem adds approximately 20 MW of demand.</li></li></ul><li>Why is the BPW launching a communications plan?<br />As a community owned utility, the BPW wants the input of its most important stakeholders: YOU! It is critical that our stakeholders understand the issues and the critical knowledge available to them so they can make informed decisions.<br />
What are the goals of P21?<br />Inform the Holland Community that a decision on base load generation is coming and needed.<br />Provide open and balanced information on the key issues and topics surrounding the decision.<br />Have Holland Business/Residential Customers contact their City Council Representatives and the BPW Board with their thoughts and opinions on what decision should be made.<br />
What does the P21 plan involve?<br /><ul><li>Public Risk Analysis Planning (RAP) Sessions
Website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube sites dedicated to P21
Newspaper ads/editorials, radio and other “traditional media” dedicated to P21
Community Charette to discuss a decision</li></li></ul><li>How can I get involved?<br /><ul><li>Attend the Public RAP Sessions and/or Educational Series Presentations. Schedule details can be found at www.p21decision.com
Sign up to receive Twitter and/or Facebook notices about upcoming presentations
Share your thoughts through Twitter and/or Facebook, write editorials, etc.
Write you your City Council Representative and the BPW Board Members with your thoughts on the decision.</li>