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Switchgrass being used as fuel at power plant

Something found in many Kentucky fields is now being tried as fuel for electricity.

The University of Kentucky, and East Kentucky Power Cooperative, are working together in a pilot project to grow switchgrass for energy purposes.

Several farmers grew switchgrass last year, which was then harvested, processed, and mixed with coal, before being shipped to a power plant in Maysville to be used as a test fuel.

East Kentucky Power officials say they want to learn how the switchgrass affects their operations, and how it affects emissions that go out of their stacks.

Switchgrass is a warm-season grass native to Kentucky.


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