Natural resources and the availability of fuels to generate electricity vary from region to region. Kentucky is not blessed with an abundance of wind or sun, and the area’s main renewable resource — water — is not acknowledged by the EPA’s rule.
Meeting the current rule would require importing renewable energy from outside of Kentucky, potentially creating electric reliability issues. In order to provide long-term reliable, affordable energy, there must be a diverse national supply of fuel sources.
Utilities are burning coal more cleanly than ever before, as a result of increasingly more stringent regulations. Coal-fired generation remains, to date, an economical and reliable source of electric power in Kentucky and elsewhere in the nation.