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A KY power plant is planning to stop burning coal

Big changes are in store for a coal fired power plant in Lawrence County.

Officials with Kentucky Power say in a few years the plant will no longer burn coal for electricity, and that change has some county officials wondering how the county will survive.

More than two million tons of coal burn every year at the Big Sandy Power Plant.

Lawrence County officials say, no matter what, jobs at the plant will be cut significantly, putting a huge strain on the county economy.

Kentucky Power officials say a lot is still in question. Part of the plant may close, and part may be switched to natural gas. But they do know that coal will no longer be the main source of power.

For now they say all Lawrence County can do is wait.

Kentucky Power is asking for proposals to replace the electricity source in part of the plant. They will weigh those costs with converting it to natural gas.

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