Kentucky Power's request for state permission to retrofit its aging coal plant is the subject of upcoming public hearings. Last year, the utility's parent company, American Electric Power, said the burden of meeting new federal pollution standards would likely cause it to retire many of its coal-fired power plants, including its Big Sandy plant, in favor of other options such as perhaps natural gas-fired power generation. Since then, Kentucky Power has done an about face in favor of coal, which has historically signified its service territory of more than 170,000 homes and businesses in all or parts of 20 eastern Kentucky counties. The company has proposed installing a scrubber to meet the more stringent EPA standards. It says the coal-fired plant will remain cheaper than natural gas.
The meetings are scheduled for:
Hazard: 5:30 P.M. April 5th, Perry Central High School auditorium, 305 Park Drive.
Louisa: 12:30 P.M. April 4th, Lawrence County Community Center, 205 Bulldog Lane.
Pikeville: 5:30 P.M. April 4th, Pikeville High School auditorium, 120 Championship Drive.
Whitesburg: 12:30 P.M. April 5th, Letcher County High School auditorium, 435 Cougar Drive.