OMU closes one coal-fired unit

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – One of two coal-fired units at OMU’s Elmer Smith Plant in Owensboro was shut off.

Utility officials said they shut down the older unit, which was used since the 1960’s early last month.

A spokesperson said it no longer makes economic sense to operate it.

OMU originally planned to shut down one of two units this summer.

Last year, OMU agreed to a deal with Big Rivers to buy solar power.

The first unit will be on standby in case of a catastrophic failure with the second coal-fired unit.

The second unit is scheduled to be shut down next year.

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This story was originally published on July 2, 2019

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