The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a deal for an eastern Kentucky utility to buy electricity from biomass.
The proposed biomass plant will be in Perry County and is expected to be operating by 2017. It’ll burn wood scraps for energy, and replace some of the capacity from the coal-fired Big Sandy power plant. Big Sandy will be retired soon in light of tougher pollution regulations.
Usually, the commission has to decide a case based on what electricity is the least-cost reasonable option. But PSC spokesman Andrew Melnykovych says this case was different.