Environment
9:22 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Eastern Kentucky Biomass Plant Proposed

Credit EasternWhitePine.org

Lexington-based ecoPower wants to build a biomass plant in Perry County. The plant would burn wood scraps to create electricity.

The utility Kentucky Power wants to buy all that electricity, and the state Public Service Commission will decide whether to allow the company to do so.

The PSC is tasked with making decisions on the basis of whether both the proposal and possible rate increases are “fair, just and reasonable.” A bill passed during last year’s General Assembly directs the commissioners to give additional weight to biomass projects.

Attorney General spokeswoman Allison Martin says the rate increase outweighs the benefits of biomass.

“The Office of the Attorney General is not opposed to exploring biomass options; however, in this case, it seems this will adversely affect rate-payers,”  said Martin.

If the PSC grants the proposal, it will raise rates seven percent in Eastern Kentucky. That increase would be in addition to other pending rate increases.