Harlan Seeks to Build Hydroelectric Turbine

Dec 29, 2011

The city of Harlan is getting ready to advertise for bids to install a hydroelectric turbine at the city’s sewer plant. The project would be the first of its kind in the state. Harlan Mayor Danny Howard said that the plan is for the turbine to be put at the plant’s water outlet where the treated water runs back into the river. The electricity generated by the turbine would then be transferred into the power grid, for which city officials expect to receive a payback from Kentucky Utilities. “Initial estimates indicated that the turbine would generate $7,000 a year worth of electricity, but that was before the rate increase. It should be more than that. They won’t actually pay us, instead this would come in form of a credit on our KU bill,” said Howard.