New Tool Maps Kentucky Energy Infrastructure

As reported by the Associated Press in the Bowling Green Daily News, a new tool has been posted online to illustrate the workings of Kentucky’s energy infrastructure. The mapping tool is available here. Such tools are a welcome step in advancing conversation about planning and choices related to the Commonwealth’s energy systems. In light of increased participation in the EPA’s and other agencies’ regulatory processes, information like this is valuable to Kentuckians looking to educate themselves on the issues.

While power plants, railroads, and mines are included in the DEDI/KGS tool, supporting infrastructure for coal-burning facilities – like retention ponds for coal ash or scrubber sludge—are not included on this map. With the EPA hearing scheduled for September 28 in Louisville on national standards for managing coal-burning wastes coming up, it may be an additional feature the map developers want to consider. Learn more about the hearing here.

From the Associated Press:

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is putting online the locations of power plants, railroads, active coal mines and other coal processing, handling and transportation facilities.

The Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence and the Kentucky Geological Survey jointly developed an interactive web map called “Kentucky Energy Infrastructure.” The state created the map service with funding from the Kentucky Coal Education grant.

Associate State Geologist Jerry Weisenfluh says the map includes tools that allow a user to select a defined area, choose a level of detail and click on mapped items, such as power plants, mines and coal-related facilities, to see information on the particular feature.

Kristin Tracz

About Kristin Tracz

Kristin Tracz served MACED’s Research and Policy team from 2009-2012 working on clean energy policy, energy efficiency programs and the Appalachian Transition Initiative. She joined MACED after finishing her Master of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She now lives and works in Washington, DC.