The electricity supplied to the Kentucky Municipal Energy Agency's All Requirements members comes from a variety of power sources including solar, natural gas, coal, hydroelectric and other sources.
KYMEA pulled together its initial set of power supply resources to meet the AR Project needs at significant wholesale power cost savings under its existing power supply arrangement. The Agency practices modern portfolio theory (MPT) when assembling its power supply portfolio. The idea behind MPT is to draw from a diverse set of environmentally responsible power supply resource options (fuels, technologies, sizing, timing, location, etc.), focusing on long-term, low cost, stable rates while minimizing risk. Disciplined power supply investing will ensure KYMEA’s success for decades to come.
COAL | 100 MW
BIG RIVERS ELECTRIC CORPORATION
Big Rivers Electric Corporation and KYMEA entered into a ten-year power supply contract for firm capacity and energy. The contract entitles KYMEA to 100 megawatts (MW) of base capacity, plus associated planning reserves, sourced from the Big Rivers generating fleet and delivered at the D.B. Wilson power plant.
D.B. Wilson, located in western Kentucky, is a single-unit, 417 MW subcritical coal-fired steam power plant. The plant reached commercial operation in September 1984. Service under the contract commences on May 1, 2019.
HYDROPOWER | 32 MW
SOUTHEASTERN POWER ADMINISTRATION
The KYMEA all requirements (AR) members entered into agreements for KYMEA to integrate their entitlements to hydroelectric power from the Southeastern Power Administration (SEPA) as part of the AR Project power supply portfolio.
The SEPA entitlements are derived from nine hydroelectric plants of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Cumberland System of Projects located in Kentucky and Tennessee, which totals 927 MW of nameplate capacity. The first unit reached commercial operation in December 1948, and the newest unit reached commercial operation in November 1977. Service under the contracts commences on May 1, 2019.
SOLAR | 54 MW
ASHWOOD SOLAR I
KYMEA entered into a twenty-year power supply contract for 53.75 megawatts (MW) of solar electric capacity and energy with Ashwood Solar I, a subsidiary of a joint venture between MAP® Energy and Open Road Renewables.
Ashwood Solar I is developing an 86 MW single-axis tracking photovoltaic solar facility in western Kentucky. Service under the contract begins on the later of December 1, 2022 or the facility’s commercial operation date.
DIESEL | 11 MW
CITY OF PARIS
The City of Paris and KYMEA have agreed to enter into a power supply contract for 11 megawatts (MW) of capacity and energy from the Paris Power Plant.
The Paris Power Plant, located in central Kentucky, is an 11.9 MW distillate fuel oil-fired power plant consisting of seven internal combustion turbines. The first unit reached commercial operation in December 1934, and the newest unit reached commercial operation in December 1974. The units range in size from 0.7 MW to 3.1 MW. Service under the contract commences on May 1, 2019.
NATURAL GAS | 90 MW
PADUCAH POWER SYSTEM
Paducah Power System and KYMEA entered into a ten-year power supply contract for 90 megawatts (MW) of capacity and energy from the PPS Power Plant No 1.
PPS Power Plant No 1, located in western Kentucky, is a 124 MW natural gas-fired power plant consisting of two 62 MW combustion turbines. The power plant reached commercial operation in June 2010. Service under the contract commences on May 1, 2019.
COAL | 100 MW
ILLINOIS POWER MARKETING COMPANY
Illinois Power Marketing Company and KYMEA entered into a three-year power supply contract for 100 megawatts (MW) of capacity and energy from three units of the Joppa Power Station.
Joppa Power Station, located in southern Illinois, is a 1,002 MW subcritical coal-fired power plant consisting of six generating units. The first unit reached commercial operation in August 1953, and the newest unit reached commercial operation in August 1955. Service under the contract commences on June 1, 2019.