Remember the Smith 1 power plant? The Eastern Kentucky Power Cooperative’s proposed coal-fired power plant that would’ve been pretty dumb to build?
Well, turns out that they’ve decided not to build the damn thing after all.
EKPC has entered into an agreement with Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, Kentucky Environmental Foundation, the Sierra Club, three individual co-op members, the Kentucky attorney general, and Gallatin Steel (EKPC’s biggest industrial customer). Under the agreement, EKPC will halt its plans for the proposed coal-burning power plant in Clark County by abandoning the permits it needed to proceed with construction. The cooperative also committed $125,000 toward a collaborative effort in which the public interest groups, EKPC and its member co-ops, and other parties will work together to evaluate and recommend new energy efficiency programs and renewable energy options.
KFTC members, along with our allies at the Sierra Club and the Kentucky Environmental Foundation, have been very active in urging EKPC and the distribution cooperatives to pursue energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions instead of the Smith plant. Studies have shown that clean energy technologies would be a cost effective way to meet EKPC’s demand, while also reducing financial risk to customers, generating jobs throughout the region, and benefiting health and the environment.
- EKPC will withdraw all the permits it needs for construction of the Smith plant, including its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, air permit and dredge-and-fill permit.
- EKPC will form a collaborative with KFTC, our allies, and other key stakeholders to expand the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs by the co-ops.
- KFTC and our allies will dismiss a number of lawsuits and administrative challenges that are currently pending against EKPC.
- KFTC and our allied groups will not oppose EKPC’s effort to recover costs already spent on the plant.
Since EKPC has just shown they can listen to reason, maybe they’ll make a habit out of it.
(h/t Barefoot & Progressive)