When the Blue Moon of Kentucky is not enough to light the way, East Kentucky Power Cooperative is there to help. The company generates and transmits electricity to 16 local distribution cooperatives, which in turn provide electricity to more than 521,150 customers in 87 counties in eastern Kentucky. East Kentucky Power operates more than 2,800 miles of transmission lines, and generates most of its electricity from primarily fossil-fueled power plants with about 2,500 MW of capacity. The company also operates a natural gas/fuel oil plant and a handful of landfill-gas generation plants and purchases hydroelectric power from the Southeastern Power Administration.
East Kentucky Power's largest coal-fired power plant, H.L. Spurlock Station, near Maysville, generates 1,346 MEW of net capacity. It also operates two other coal plants: John Sherman Cooper Station, near Somerset; and William C. Dale Station, near Winchester.
The coop is owned by and serves 16 Kentucky power cooperatives including Blue Grass Energy Cooperative, Cumberland Valley Electric, Nolin RECC, and Owen Electric Cooperative.
In early 2011 the coop was granted a 5.3% wholesale rate increase to help the company secure better financial results. As a result, East Kentucky Power posted a 6% jump in operating revenues. Higher revenues and lower purchased power costs helped it to post a 28% rise in operating margins that year.
Seeking to increase its use of green fuels to cut carbon emissions, in 2010 the cooperative opened its sixth plant fueled by landfill gas (the first was opened in 2003). In 2011 about 7% of East Kentucky Power's generating capacity came from renewable sources. As part of the green energy push, in 2010 the utility canceled the proposed building a coal-fired power plant in Clark County.
A number of local not-for-profit electric cooperatives got together to form East Kentucky Power Cooperative in 1941, as part of the region's rural electrification drive.
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