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On Nov. 19, 2010, The Courier-Journal reported that the East Kentucky Power Cooperative was abandoning their proposed Smith generating facility in Clark County. The consequence to the member-customers of rural cooperatives in Kentucky is that they get to pay the $150 million already spent in the plant’s development. The reason for this cancellation was that the generating capacity was not needed.
This $150 million fiasco comes on the heels of a disregard of the EPA law concerning emissions from East Kentucky Power Cooperative plants which resulted in fines totaling more than $10 million plus much more in legal expenses. It was noted by the Public Service Commission that East Kentucky Power was on the brink of financial disaster.
During this entire period of time the chairman of the East Kentucky Power board of directors was the Shelby Energy representative. He served as chairman of the board of East Kentucky Power during both of these unwise decisions. He persists and has not resigned in favor of a wiser, more concerned individual. We member-customers of Shelby Energy are responsible for voicing pleasure or displeasure with our Shelby Energy board members. We are very displeased with the actions of our East Kentucky Power chairman of the board from Shelby Energy.
A Shelby County member
of Shelby Energy Cooperative