HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear says his administration
will do whatever it can to help bring a coal-to-gas plant to
western Kentucky but that the state must also find ways to protect
Beshear spoke Thursday in Henderson at the Illinois Basin Energy
Conference. The Henderson Gleaner reports he told participants that
Kentucky has been "sloppy" about conserving electricity because
Kentucky-generated power has always been cheap.
St. Louis-based Peabody Energy Corp. has proposed a $3 billion
plant for western Kentucky to convert coal to a cleaner-burning
synthetic natural gas. The state was chosen after Kentucky's
Economic Development Finance Authority agreed to provide $250
million in tax incentives to a Peabody subsidiary.
Beshear says protecting the environment doesn't mean losing jobs
and that Kentucky should find ways to use coal that are greener. He
says his administration is working with school systems to urge them
to build more energy-efficient buildings.
Information from: The Gleaner, http://www.thegleaner.com/
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