$15M environmental project will allow coal-burning unit to remain open
Frankfort, KY (Feb. 20, 2014) – The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a plan that will allow the continued operation of a coal-burning unit at the East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) J. S. Cooper Generating Station near Burnside. 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. 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 cooperative 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.”
Frankfort, KY. (Jan. 15, 2014) - Gov. Steve Beshear on Wednesday released his proposal for accomplishing a pro-ject long-awaited by Eastern Kentuckians and given new urgency by shifts in the region’s economy—the widen-ing, modernizing and extension of the Mountain Parkway.
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RADCLIFF, Ky. (AP) — Construction is under way on the Radcliff Veterans Center, a nursing facility being built in a region that's home to Kentucky's largest concentration of veterans. Gov. Steve Beshear toured the site on Wednesday. The facility will provide 120 veterans with a private room and bath and family-style living room, dining room, kitchen and patio. A separate building will be used for recreation, physical therapy and other services. It will be Kentucky's fourth such facility for elderly veterans. Construction began in July and the facility is scheduled to open in June 2015. It is being paid for with a $21.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and $18.6 million from the state of Kentucky. The U.S. Department of Defense donated 194 acres from Fort Knox for the facility.Source: http://www.wbko.com/home/headlines/New-Nursing-Home-for-Veterans-Under-Construction-224421501.html
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