Eastern Kentucky Power Gets Green light

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The state Public Service Commission is allowing the East Kentucky Power Cooperative to proceed with construction of most of the electric generating facilities the company says are needed to meet rising demand.

In an order issued late last week, the P-S-C said the new power plants will be needed despite the fact that the 30-thousand-customer Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation has rescinded its contract to purchase its power from E-K-P-C. The decision by Warren R-E-C-C triggered a review by the P-S-C of seven plants it had earlier authorized E-K-P-C to construct.

E-K-P-C will be allowed to complete construction of a coal-burning 278-megawatt plant near Maysville in Mason County and to build a similar generating facility near Trapp in Clark County. The P-S-C also allowed E-K-P-C to build two of the five 90-megawatt gas-fired turbine generators planned at its Clark County plant. E-K-P-C voluntarily dropped plans for the other three.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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