Instead of building a new coal-fired power plant in Clark County, East Kentucky Power Cooperative and its customers would be better off with a combination of energy efficiency, weatherization, hydropower and wind power, environmental groups said Wednesday.
Those methods could generate more than 8,750 new jobs, add more than $1.7 billion to the region's economy over the next three years and be cheaper than the proposed plant, according to the Kentucky Environmental Foundation, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and Cumberland Chapter Sierra Club. They cited a report by the Ochs Center, a Chattanooga policy research group.
East Kentucky Power spokesman Kevin Osbourn said his company is following a "balanced approach" that relies on fossil fuels, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Read the Ochs Center report at Kentucky.com.