Community Focus: Creating Jobs
During development of the Perry County project, more than 200 construction jobs will be created. Once operational, the plant will sustain over 500 jobs in the area in operations, fuel supply, and supporting industries. By purchasing tons of wood by-product materials from Eastern Kentucky sawmills to fuel the plant, ecoPower will also create sustainable jobs for Kentucky’s timber harvesting and transportation industries.
Forest Bioenergy: A Better Solution
Promotes use of domestic renewable energy.
Reduces wild fire risk.
Offsets greenhouse gas emissions.
Creates a market to sell underutilized low-quality logs and other wood by-products.
Creates new jobs and enhances rural economies.
Improves forest health and sustainability.
Improving Forest Health
ecoPower will help landowners grow healthier and more productive forests. Until now, landowners were unable to market the low quality, fire damaged logs that prevent the regrowth of high quality trees whose hardwood lumber will be prized by future generations.
The development of bioenergy will help many eastern Kentucky forest landowners remove low quality logs from their forests to make way for the regrowth of vigorous new forests for future generations. Vigorous, healthy forests turn carbon dioxide into wood more efficiently.
Wood Procurement Policy
Sustainable forestry utilizes forest management practices that ensure that forests are improved for future generations. ecoPower encourages forest landowners to use best management practices to protect water quality, cultural resources and endangered species.