Kentucky and Ohio set to add new hydro plant
Deep in the heart of coal country in northeastern Kentucky and southern Ohio, residents soon will be able to draw electricity from a new hydroelectric plant, according to The Ledger Independent.
Located on the Ohio River in Bracken Country, the $550 million project will boast three large, 35-megawatt bulb turbines, similar in appearance to an underwater jet engine.
The 105-megawatt power plant will provide is expected to produce more than 520,000 megawatt-hours of renewable electricity every year for the surrounding area and the nearby city of Hamilton, Ohio. The damn should cover 70 percent of the city's power needs with green energy.
The new power plant was supported in part by Ohio electricity supplier American Municipal Power of Ohio. The project has already cleared the necessary rock and is preparing to begin development in earnest.
Ohio and Kentucky both rely heavily on traditional fossil fuels, primarily coal. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that in 2009, Kentucky drew 92.7 percent of its electricity from coal, while Ohio came in only modestly lower at 83.6 percent, making the new hydro plant a major change.