Alternative Fuel Experiment Ends, Called A Success

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An alternative fuel experiment in northeastern Kentucky didn't work out as well as hoped, but officials are still calling it a success.

The project between the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and Eastern Kentucky Power Cooperative had farmers grow switchgrass to use at a generating plant near Maysville.

Eastern Kentucky Power officials told The Ledger Independent that the project showcased how different substances can be used for fuel to make electricity.

UK officials said they had to change how the switchgrass was processed during the experiment, and had bales of unprocessed switchgrass left over.

Even so, UK Hay marketing specialist Tom Keene called the project successful. He says officials "learned a lot that we can use on future projects."

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