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 522,520 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 3,000 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.
In 2012 the cooperative’s revenues declined by 4%. Net income dropped by 5% as the result of lower net sales and higher operating expenses.
To achieve greater operating efficiencies, in 2013 East Kentucky Power integrated its operations into PJM's regional transmission organization system.
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.
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.