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June 26, 2014

Chamber to be briefed on Obama’s energy policy

Somerset —

Pulaski countians are expected to learn much about President Barack Obama’s energy policy as it relates to coal-fired electric generating plants when Tony Campbell, president and CEO of East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC), speaks Tuesday to the July membership meeting of Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce.
EKPC, a Winchester-based, not-for-profit member-owned cooperative, provides wholesale electricity to 16 owner-member distribution cooperatives including South Kentucky RECC. EKPC is the electrical source for  520,000 Kentucky homes, farms, businesses and industries across 87 counties. 
Campbell is expected to discuss President Obama’s boldest step yet to reduce emission from coal-fired power plants. John Sherman Cooper Power Station at Burnside is one of EKPC’s coal-fired generating plants. 
  Cooper Station has two coal-fired generating units. Unit No. 2, on line in October 1969, produces 225 megawatts of electricity. The plant’s first generating unit, on line in February 1965, produces 116 megawatts of electricity. The total 341 megawatts are enough to power homes in about 30 cities the size of Somerset.
  A circulating dry scrubber was added in 2012 to Unit No. 2 at a cost of about $225 million. The construction project included a 56-acre expansion of the plant’s special waste landfill. The on-site landfill is used for dry disposal of coal ash and other coal combustion byproducts.
  A proposal for Unit No. 1 is simply ductwork, a large pipe to take flue gases from Unit 1 to Unit 2. Emissions from Unit 1 will be cleaned by the new scrubber on Unit 2.
  Kevin Osbourn, spokesman for EKPC, said Thursday construction on the ductwork is expected to begin in June 2015 and be completed in January 2016.
  EKPC provides power through coal-fueled plants located in Mason, Clark and Pulaski counties; natural gas-fueled peaking units in Clark County; renewable energy plants in Boone, Laurel, Greenup, Hardin, Mason and Pendleton counties; and nearly 2,800 miles of transmission lines. 
The chamber of commerce meets at noon Tuesday at The Center for Rural Development. 

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