PSC KYFRANKFORT, Ky. (2/20/14) – The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a plan that will allow the continued operation of a coal-burning unit at the East Kentucky Power Cooperative J.S. Cooper Generating Station near Burnside.

In an order issued today, the PSC noted the “relatively inexpensive” cost of the project and found that it was the least costly of the alternatives evaluated by EKPC.

The $15 million project involves adding ductwork that will redirect emissions from the 116-megawatt Cooper Unit 1 to emission control equipment already in place to handle emissions from the 225-megawatt Cooper Unit 2. The equipment has the capacity to handle emissions from both units.

$15 million environmental project will allow coal-burning unit to remain open

Adding the ductwork will bring Cooper Unit 1 – which currently has less extensive emissions controls than Cooper Unit 2 - into compliance with stricter federal air quality standards that further limit emissions from coal-burning power plants.

The PSC also approved plans by EKPC to recover the cost of the project through its environmental surcharge, as authorized by Kentucky statute. The cost will be passed on to customers of the 16 electric distribution cooperatives that purchase power from and own EKPC.

Keeping Cooper Unit 1 in operation will allow EKPC to maintain adequate generating capacity at the lowest possible cost and at relatively little financial risk, the PSC found. EKPC looked at a number of alternatives for meeting its capacity requirements, the PSC said.

However, the PSC also noted that the analysis did not look farther ahead to consider potential future environmental compliance requirements. While it may have been unnecessary in this case, the PSC said that it expects such analysis to be conducted in the future “as part of a utility’s prudent evaluation of alternatives to any environmental compliance plan.”

The PSC also noted that EKPC intends to continue to pursue energy efficiency programs in tandem with the improvements at the Cooper power plant. Those programs are designed to reduce demand for power and thus reduce or delay the need for additional electricity generating capacity.

EKPC’s demand-side management and energy efficiency efforts have shown progress, the PSC said, adding that it expects the utility to continue to expand and develop its portfolio of programs.

The PSC conducted an evidentiary hearing in the case on Jan. 14 and 15, 2014. Other parties to the case included Gallatin Steel Co., which is a major customer on the EKPC system, and the Sierra Club, an environmental organization.

Today’s order and related documents are available on the PSC website. The case number is 2013-00259.

The PSC is an independent agency attached for administrative purposes to the Energy and Environment Cabinet. It regulates more than 1,500 gas, water, sewer, electric and telecommunication utilities operating in Kentucky and has approximately 90 employees.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Andrew Melnykovych your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Weather Sponsored by

1 DOW 17,798.49
-14.90 (-0.08%)    
2 S&P 2,090.11
+1.24 (0.06%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,127.52
+11.38 (0.22%)    

Stock Report Sponsored by

In Other News...

Ribbon Cutting for New Satellite Clinic Dec. 1

HENDERSON, Ky. (11/27/15) — Matthew 25 AIDS Services, Inc. invites the community to a ribbon cutting ceremony at their… Read More

Area World AIDS Day .Events

HENDERSON, Ky. (11/27/15) — World AIDS Day is an annual day where millions gather around the world to remember those… Read More

Most Read This Week

November 24, 2015 10097

Distillery to Operate in Old Graham School…

by SurfKY News
November 21, 2015 8807

Injuries Result from Beulah Road Accident

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
November 23, 2015 7679

Relative Charged with Murder, Arson in Deaths of…

by SurfKY News
November 24, 2015 4713

Ohio County Most Wanted - Top 10 - November 24

by SurfKY News
November 24, 2015 3339

Man Injured When Vehicle Collides with Deer

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

November 17, 2015 16013

Ohio County Most Wanted - Top 10 - November 17

by SurfKY News
November 18, 2015 14516

Runaway Teen Returns on His Own

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

November 27, 2015 2493

Madisonville Man Charged with Attempted Murder…

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 1315

First United Bancorp Set to Purchase Town &…

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 976

Hooked on Science - Pinecone Hygrometer

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 843

Farm City Breakfast Recognizes Importance of…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 634

Webster County Man Injured in Two-Vehicle Crash

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 508

Governor-Elect Bevin Names Two Key Appointments…

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 446

Governor-Elect Bevin Names Chad Meredith Deputy…

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 427

Kiewit Presents $23,255 to United Way of the…

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 346

Salvation Army Rings in Official Christmas…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News