biomass http://wkyufm.org en Eastern Kentucky Utility to Buy Electricity from Biomass Plant by 2017 http://wkyufm.org/post/eastern-kentucky-utility-buy-electricity-biomass-plant-2017 <p>The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a deal for an Eastern Kentucky utility to buy electricity from biomass.</p><p>The proposed biomass plant will be in Perry County, and is expected to be operating by 2017. It&rsquo;ll burn wood scraps for energy, and replace some of the capacity from the coal-fired Big Sandy power plant. Big Sandy will be retired soon, in the face of tougher pollution regulations.</p><p>Usually, the commission has to decide a case based on what electricity is the least-cost reasonable option. But PSC spokesman Andrew Melnykovych says this case was different.</p><p>&quot;The legislature directed the PSC in a bill that was passed in the last session to essentially approve power supply contracts from biomass plants. And that is what the PSC did today.&quot; Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:04:45 +0000 Erica Peterson 38299 at http://wkyufm.org