Kentucky power plant to stop burning coal by 2023

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) – An electric utility in Owensboro will stop burning coal at its only power plant, which dates back to the 1960s.

Owensboro Municipal Utilities will shut down its coal-burning units at the Elmer Smith Power Plant by 2023. A spokeswoman for the utility says the decision was made due to the age of the plant, environmental compliance and low natural gas prices.

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Spokeswoman Sonya Dixon says the utility’s governing commission is “considering a number of options” to supply power to its 26,000 electric customers.

Elmer Smith’s Unit 1 was commissioned in 1964, and the second, larger unit was built in the mid-1970s. The facility burns about 1.2 million tons of coal each year.

The Sierra Club tagged the plant as one of the nation’s top polluters in a 2007 report.

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