Group Formed To Explore Energy Alternatives To Clark County Power Plant To Submit Recommendations

Oct 22, 2013

A renewable energy collaborative formed as part of a  settlement between a power co-op and environmental groups will meet Wednesday.

In November 2010, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, the Sierra Club, and other environmental groups successfully blocked plans for a new East Kentucky Power Cooperative coal-fired power plant in Clark County. As part of the legal agreement that followed, the groups formed the EKPC Demand Side Management and Renewable Energy Collaborative to investigate the viability of alternative energy sources and methods for increasing efficiency.

Wednesday, the group’s two years of work will culminate in a meeting where stakeholders will review the recommendations and gauge public support.

"We've kept it focused very much on not talking about a lengthy list of things that we feel we can't do but really focusing on what we can do and looking to other examples that have been successfully deployed in other utilities in other states," says Elizabeth Crowe, a participant in the collaborative.

The meeting will take place at 1PM Wednesday at the Marriott Griffin Gate Hotel in Lexington.