News that the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority offered $7 million in incentives to an Australian company to build a new coal-drying plant in southwest Jefferson County didn’t get much press attention, but independent mayoral candidate Jackie Green used the announcement to call for greener jobs in Louisville.
From The Courier-Journal:
White Energy would invest $47.5 million in the facility, which would be built on a 50-acre site in the Riverport industrial park, according to the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority.
The project would create 17 permanent jobs with an average salary of about $46,000, according to documents from the authority.
“Rather than perpetuate contaminates in our water, mountain top removal and sending Louisville dollars out of our local economy, Louisville needs to attract manufacturers of solar panels to create local jobs,” Green said in a news release. “Install those panels on our roofs (creating more jobs) and keep Louisville energy dollars in Louisville. Let’s find a greener use of the $7 million.”
This is the second round of tax incentives for the alternative-fuel plant, which is expected to generate up to 250,000 tons of upgraded coal per year in its first phase.
The Green campaign is also worried about the plant’s location at the Jefferson Riverport International, an industrial community along the Ohio River. The site is considered ideal because of its transportation access points, however, the company has said it is considering “several potential alternative locations” according to its filing with the KEDFA board.