Power Cooperative Weighing $15 Million Upgrade

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) -- A south-central Kentucky power plant could undergo a $15 million upgrade aimed at meeting federal air regulations and keeping its generating capacity viable under a plan being weighed by its owner.

East Kentucky Power Cooperative is looking at the possibility of doing the work on the John Sherman Cooper Power Station at Burnside.

EKPC CEO Tony Campbell told The Commonwealth-Journal the proposal is "a very reasonable investment" in the future of the plant, which helps serve 520,000 customers of the cooperative across 87 counties.

Cooper Station has two coal-fired generating units. Unit No. 2, on line in October 1969, produces 225 megawatts of electricity. The plant's first generating unit, on line in February 1965, produces 116 megawatts of electricity.

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