Where Does Your Electricity Come From?
Nolin RECC is one of 16 cooperatives that owns and governs the company that generates and transmits affordable, reliable and sustainable power to us. Our co-op receives energy from East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) and then distributes it to our members.
EKPC generates electricity from two coal-fueled plants: Spurlock Station located in Maysville and Cooper Station near Somerset. EKPC also generates power using nine combustion turbines (CTs) at Smith Station in the Trapp community of Clark County, along with three CTs at Bluegrass Station near LaGrange. The CTs operate on natural gas or, if needed, on fuel oil.
Nolin is committed to the use of renewable energy where it is feasible.
Our cooperative system has long been a state leader in renewables. In 2017, we built Cooperative Solar Farm One at EKPC headquarters in Winchester. It produces enough electricity to meet the power needs of 1,000 homes. With 32,000 solar panels, it is one of Kentucky’s largest solar projects. Learn more about Cooperative Solar below. In 2003, our system became the first in Kentucky to generate its own renewable power when we began operating plants fueled by gas from landfills. Today, EKPC has six landfill gas plants in Kentucky including one at the Pearl Hollow landfill in Hardin County. Learn more here.
Hydro power is also a major source of electricity. EKPC purchases 170 MW of hydropower from Laurel and Wolf Creek Dams and the federal Southeastern Power Administration (SEPA).
In 2012, our cooperative system integrated into PJM Interconnection, the world’s largest centrally dispatched grid. This gives us — and you —access to competitively priced, reliable and sustainable power. That’s a tremendous benefit especially in times when power supplies are tight like the polar vortex several winters ago.
Find more details about our energy portfolio here.
Important Notice to Our Members
For information on renewable energy installations, Cooperative Solar and net metering, please see our Renewable Energy and Net Metering page.