Three environmental groups sought to bolster their opposition this week to East Kentucky Power Cooperative's plans to build a new coal-fired power plant in southern Clark County.
The Sierra Club, Kentucky Environmental Foundation (KEF) and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) recruited an energy expert, Glenn Cannon, to visit Kentucky on Wednesday and Thursday to give presentations on efficiency practices at electric utilities. Cannon is a retired manager of Waverly Light and Power in Iowa and former chairman of the American Public Power Association.
While here, Cannon argued that utility managers need to take energy efficiency seriously, and "think outside the box" to create the incentive packages that reduce customers' bills and cut down carbon emissions.
"Energy efficiency isn't about making a sacrifice," he said during his visit. "It's about being smarter."
The message somewhat parallels with a report released in February 2008 by the Cumberland Chapter Sierra Club, KEF and KFTC. The report contended that energy efficiency and renewable energy programs could meet EKPC's electricity demand without the new 278-megawatt power plant that East Kentucky Power plans to build.