Keeping in line with the trend of eliminating coal as an energy source, Kentucky Power will convert the 278MW Unit 1 at the Big Sandy Power Plant from a coal-fired facility to a natural gas-fired unit.
To remain generating power, the unit must convert to natural gas because it would not comply under the Federal environmental standards.
Kentucky Power, an operating unit of American Electric Power (AEP), filed Dec. 6 for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) with the Kentucky Public Service Commission (KPSC). The application is commensurate with a stipulated settlement agreement in the Mitchell Transfer case approved by the Commission Oct. 14, according to AEP.
In the agreement, Kentucky Power agreed to file the certificate for the conversion as long as the project cost does not exceed $60 million. The CPCN would seek about $50 million in conversion costs.
After the natural gas conversion, the unit will have a generation capacity of approximately 268 MW and should be online by the middle of 2016.