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
If you are considering installing solar panels, windmills or other renewable energy sources, it is important that you get in contact Nolin before you install your system. This will allow Nolin to ensure that you are properly connected to the grid and get credit for any excess electricity you produce. Read the Net Metering Tariff for more information on interconnecting your renewable energy source.
Now, electric cooperative members can license solar panels at Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives’ not-for-profit 60 acre solar farm in Winchester, KY. And they’ll receive the benefits of solar for the next 25 years. We call it Cooperative Solar.
Members of Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives now can tap into renewable solar energy for their home or business without the headaches of installing and maintaining solar panels themselves.
Many co-op members are interested in going solar but they face obstacles, such as:
- Covering their roof with solar panels.
- Maintaining the equipment themselves.
- Their home’s roof is shaded by trees or is not aligned for optimum sun exposure.
- They rent their dwelling.
- Deed restrictions prevent installation of panels.
If one of these obstacles apply to you visit CooperativeSolar.com for a solution that might fit your needs.