Kentucky's Power Struggle

Statewide energy plan reaches for the future

Published: 03-Mar-2005

Kentucky must increase the use of alternative fuels like ethanol and biodiesel, it must put the emphasis again on conserving and using energy more efficiently, and it must build the infrastructure to tap its vast supplies of natural gas.

But in the long run, the production, sale and use of energy in the state is about coal. Millions of tons of it.

Improving the technology that mines and burns coal -- and tapping national and international markets -- is the key to the state's future energy needs, according to the state's first comprehensive energy strategy released last month by Gov. Ernie Fletcher's administration.

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