The May 28 “war on coal” article misses a major point. What is not brought out is the cost benefit that Kentucky has in coal-fired generation of electricity.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in March 2018 Kentucky’s cost for one kilowatt-hour for all sectors was 81.9 cents. When compared to each state surrounding the commonwealth, the cost per kilowatt-hour advantage is as follows in ascending order: West Virginia, 9 cents/9.9 percent; Missouri, 9.1 cents/11.5 percent; Illinois, 9.2 cents/12.1 percent; Virginia, 9.4 cents /15.4 percent; Indiana, 9.5 cents/16.6 percent; Ohio, 9.73 cents/18.8 percent; Tennessee 9.85 cents/20.3 percent.
Coal-fired electrical power generation is a cost/expense benefit to every Kentucky home, small family business, small or large business and farm. It is a benefit to the citizens of Kentucky who should not take it for granted and be thankful. Kentucky’s cost per kilowatt-hour is seventh lowest in the country.