After a four-year battle, East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) has abandoned plans for the new J.K. Smith coal-fired power plant in Clark County, Kentucky. Instead, EKPC has committed to contribute $125,000 towards a collaborative effort to evaluate and recommend new energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and options. The coal-fired Smith project faced a remarkable and sustained opposition campaign led by the Sierra Club, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Environmental Foundation, and others. The Club and its allies challenged the air permit, issued reports about jobs and clean energy, intervened in PSC proceedings, and even organized EKPC customers to run for the cooperative’s board.
Now it is time for phase two: the Sierra Club will be working with EKPC to develop more energy-efficient and renewable projects to move forward to a clean energy future for all Kentuckians.
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