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Coal-Reliant Kentucky Takes First Steps to Solve Energy Dilemma

Kentucky's EPA-bashing is overshadowing its efforts to pursue cleaner energy, in the face of its almost complete reliance on coal

By Maria Gallucci

Feb 24, 2011
Kentucky coal plant

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported that Ohio and and Indiana have 55,000 megawatts and 148,000 megawatts of wind energy installed, respectively. These figures refer to the wind energy potential in each of these states, not their current capacity.

Big Errors in article

Neighboring states like Ohio have 55,000 megawatts in installed wind power with 10.3 percent of land available for wind, while Indiana has 148,000 megawatts online and is one-third windy land area.

 

Indiana has 1 thousand 400 megawatts installed wind power.

Ohio has TEN megawatts of wind power installed according to the DOE as of Dec 2010.

This article has some extreme errors in it.

 

You are correct. The figures

You are correct. The figures reported in the article refer to the wind energy potential in Indiana and Ohio, not to their current capacity, as was originally reported. This has been corrected.  Thank you for letting us know. However, the point remains the same: Kentucky could potentially install just 61 megawatts of wind power, according to , while Indiana and Ohio have a substantially larger potential of 148,000 megawatts and 55,000 megawatts, respectively.

-The Managing Editor

 

"Carbon neutral"

The article mentioned Ecopower production from waste and snag wood.  While there might be a debate on burning old or second growth forest for energy, what ecopower is doing is buring the "waste" wood left from their other timber operation.   This is brush and branch that would now be either burned during land clearing, or even if left in brush piles would produce CO2 and methane during the decay process.  Since Ecopower is using a waste or byproduct,  I would think it would pretty clearly make this a "green" as green can be project.

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