BURNSIDE, Ky.- East Kentucky Power Cooperative has announced plans to invest nearly $324 million in its John Sherman Cooper Station in Pulaski County.
The cooperative plans to install pollution-reduction equipment to ensure environmental compliance and the future of the plant.
"East Kentucky Power Cooperative provides power to more than 1 million Kentuckians, and Cooper Station is critical to making that happen," said Robert Marshall, president and CEO of EKPC. "This will be an investment in the long-term viability of Cooper Station and in the environmental well-being of Kentucky."
Cooper Station began operation in 1965. It features two generating units capable of producing enough electricity to power the homes in about 35 cities the size of Somerset.
The planned new facilities include a flue-gas desulfurization unit, or "scrubber," on Cooper Unit 2. Scrubbers remove sulfur from the emissions of coal-fueled power plants.