East Kentucky Power Cooperative looks at ideas for renewables

Electric cooperatives and public interest groups will host a public forum to discuss with cooperative members and other interested Kentuckians how to better implement renewable energy, said East Kentucky Power Cooperative on Sept. 13.

The event will be held Sept. 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Inter-County Energy in Danville, Ky.

The public forum will be conducted by the Demand-Side Management and Renewable Energy Collaborative, a group of 17 electric cooperatives and five public interest groups. The purpose of the two-year collaborative is to review and recommend actions to EKPC, which gets most of its power from coal-fired capacity, to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy.

After two years of study, the collaborative has made several recommendations to EKPC regarding implementation of renewables, including a proposal to revise the co-ops’ Envirowatts program to add options for power generated by solar, wind or hydropower sources, and a recommendation to invest in a solar photovoltaic installation.

Collaborative members want to hear co-op members’ feedback regarding possible expansion of renewable energy options by the electric coops.

“This is an opportunity for the public to suggest ways for our cooperatives to implement renewables while continuing to provide power as reliably and affordably as we can,” said David Crews, EKPC vice president of power supply.

EKPC is a not-for-profit electric utility that provides power to Inter-County Energy and 15 other electric cooperatives that serve members in 87 counties of Central and Eastern Kentucky.

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