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Kentucky Power converted a coal plant in eastern Kentucky into one that uses natural gas.

The successful conversion of Unit 1 at the Big Sandy Power Plant in Louisa “is a significant accomplishment,” said company president Greg Pauley.

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The Louisa, KY-based plant operated as a coal-fired operation until last year, when officials retired Unit 2 to comply with environmental regulations and began converting Unit 1.

Pauley said long-range plans include removing Unit 2 and redeveloping part of the site into an industrial park.

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Kentucky Power, which serves about 169,000 customers in eastern Kentucky, is a division of American Electric Power.

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