Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher Announces Clean Coal Technology Award to Western Kentucky University

Press Release Date:  Thursday, February 23, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body
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Chris Gilligan
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$352,999 grant leverages additional $312,000 to promote mercury research at WKU

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today that the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy (KOEP) has awarded the Institute for Combustion Science and Environmental Technology (ISCET) a grant totaling $352,999 for research to tackle emerging environmental issues related to coal-fired generation. The research to be conducted by Dr. Wei-Ping Pan is focused on improving research and development related to mercury emissions.

“One of the primary reasons for Kentucky’s low-cost energy has been our promotion of coal fired generation to produce electricity,” stated Governor Fletcher. “We must ensure that coal remains a viable energy resource for our low cost electricity and therefore must focus on meeting the environmental challenges associated with it.”

Securing this funding from KOEP positioned the Institute for Combustion Science and Environmental Technology to pursue additional funding from other energy partners. ICSET is receiving an additional $312,000 from an array of other partners which include East Kentucky Power Cooperatives, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Electric Power Research Institute.

“Promoting energy research and development is an important component to Kentucky’s low-cost energy future and a vital component to maintaining our commitment to environmental quality,” stated Governor Fletcher.

Governor Fletcher issued the state’s first comprehensive energy strategy, Kentucky’s Energy – Opportunities for our Future, in February 2005.  A central component of Governor Fletcher’s energy strategy was to promote energy research and development at Kentucky’s universities.

“President Bush has recommended additional energy research and development funding in his recent budget.” Governor Fletcher said. “By investing in our universities now we not only are promoting energy research today but also positioning our state’s universities to pursue aggressively federal funding opportunities in the future.”

A copy of the Kentucky’s comprehensive energy strategy can be found at www.energy.ky.gov.


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