Rural Blog: Coal’s future still bleak as utilities shift to cheaper natural gas, wind and solar power options

“A year after Donald Trump was elected president on a promise to revive the ailing U.S. coal industry, the sector’s long-term prospects for growth and hiring remain as bleak as ever,” Timothy Gardner reports for Reuters. “A Reuters review of mining data shows an industry that has seen only modest gains in jobs and production this year – much of it from a temporary uptick...

EKPC becomes second community solar project approved by PSC — first was KU-LG&E

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has allowed East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Inc. (EKPC) to offer its customers the opportunity to use solar power without putting solar panels on their roofs. In an order issued Tuesday, the PSC approved an EKPC proposal that will allow customers to purchase licenses for – in effect, to lease – one or more of the 32,300 panels in a large-scale solar...

EKPC seeking approval from Kentucky PSC for 60-acre solar project in Clark County

East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) has filed a request with the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) to construct an 8.5-megawatt solar project in Clark County, Ky. If approved, the cooperative solar installation will be located next to EKPC’s headquarters facilities, adjacent to Interstate 64 and U.S. 60, about two miles east of Fayette County. With more than 32,000 photovoltaic panels covering...

Kentucky’s largest universal solar facility should be able to power 1,500 homes when operational in June

While the sun may not always shine brightly on our old Kentucky home, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company expect it will provide enough light for their new solar plant to power about 1,500 homes and give the utilities insights into commercial-scale solar technology. Utility officials were joined earlier this week by Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, Kentucky Energy and Environment...