Public Service Commission Approves Big Sandy Unit 1 Conversion to Natural Gas Generation

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (KPSC) approved Kentucky Power's plan to convert the Big Sandy Unit 1 from coal-fired electricity generation to gas-fired electricity generation. Kentucky Power is converting the 278-MW unit in order to meet stricter federal air quality standards. Following the conversion to natural gas, the unit will be rated at approximately 268 MW. The conversion project is expected to cost approximately $50 million and should be completed by the summer of 2016. In the meantime, Unit 1 will continue to operate as a coal-fired unit until the conversion is complete. The conversion process is expected to begin immediately. The company has contracted with Columbia Gas Transmission to build and operate a gas pipeline that will supply natural gas to the plant.