Our Bluegrass is Greener Than You Think
Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives’ members have access to electricity generated from a variety of sources, including conventional and renewable sources. As sustainable and renewable energy sources become more and more available, local cooperatives are plugged in and ready to deliver energy in the way members want at the lowest costs available.
As owners of East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) and as members of the PJM Interconnection, we’ve embraced a diverse energy portfolio. One example of this commitment is our Cooperative Solar Farm One, one of the largest solar projects in Kentucky. Located in Winchester, Kentucky, the 60-acre farm features 32,300 solar panels producing enough electricity for 1,000 Kentucky homes.
Additionally, we operate six plants that generate renewable power from methane gas at landfills. We also purchase hydropower from the federal Southeastern Power Administration’s through their Laurel and Wolf Creek dams. And that’s just the beginning.
Through its ownership of EKPC, Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are also part of the PJM Interconnection (PJM), a regional transmission organization. Serving all, or part of 13 states, PJM is the largest market (grid) in North America and is the world’s second-largest competitive wholesale electricity market. PJM serves 65 million customers, including more than 1,000 companies, and has 180 gigawatts of generating capacity.
As a member of PJM, Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives has access to electricity generated and sold into the market. Electricity sold through PJM is generated from conventional and renewable fuel types, including coal, natural gas, oil, nuclear materials, wind, solar, hydro, geothermal heat and tidal waves. Each of these fuel sources contributes in different ways to the electrical energy used on a daily basis. By being a member of PJM, our cooperatives can power projects of any size utilizing whatever source of electricity our member’s prefer including 100 percent renewable energy.More about our fuel types