A state organization has approved construction of a plant in Perry County that would burn wood to generate electricity.
The Kentucky State Board on Electric Generation and Transmission Siting, which considers issues such as noise, visual impact and effects of facilities on the Kentucky electric grid, granted the certificate Tuesday. Its move follows the recent approval of a permit for the facility by the state Division of Air Quality.
EcoPower Generation LLC wants to build the plant on a 125-acre site in an industrial park north of Hazard. The facility would burn low-grade logs and wood waste to generate electricity. It would be a merchant plant, selling power on the wholesale market to other distributors, rather than directly to homes.
The plant, which would employ 40 people when completed, would produce enough electricity to power 30,000 homes, a company official has said.