In a recent opinion piece for the Pineville Sun-Courier, Harlan County Judge Executive Dan Mosley called attention to the risks of prematurely retiring essential, baseload power plants, including higher electric bills and reduced grid dependability. As Judge Mosley writes,

“Growth and prosperity start with affordable and reliable power. Coal has consistently been the cheapest form of electricity, and for years Kentucky was known for having some of the lowest utility rates in the nation. However, that has changed over the last decade, due to the premature retirement and replacement of coal plants at a time when energy demand is greater than ever.”

“The retirement of coal plants forces electricity rates higher, saddling Kentucky families with high utility bills. Many of these families already struggle to make ends meet as they face increasing costs at the gas pump, grocery store, doctor’s office and everywhere else.”

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