The Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky is pleased to continue its seminar series* regarding energy issues on the University of Kentucky campus. There are also opportunities to participate in online seminars. Details will be provided as they become available. Please join us. All faculty, students, staff, and visitors are welcome.

*Each seminar is worth one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for industry and professional participants. Participants wanting to receive certificates for Professional Development Hours should sign in on the request form at the seminar.

April 4th, 2018

History of rural electrification in Kentucky and East Kentucky Power Cooperative

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Denver York – Senior Vice President of Power Delivery and System Operations

Credit: 1.0 PDH

Time: 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Location: Kincaid Auditorium (Room 111), Gatton College of Business and Economics

Bio: Denver York oversees the operations of EKPC’s portion of the Eastern Transmission Interconnection. His areas of responsibility include Transmission Planning, Design and Construction, Operations, Maintenance and supporting functions.

Mr. York is a registered professional engineer. Prior to joining EKPC, he worked as an Engineer at Harris Corp. in Palm Bay, Fla. He holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a masters degree in Business Administration from Easter Kentucky University.


The seminar will include an overview of the resources, history, and activities of the East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC), which provides service to half a million homes and businesses in 87 Kentucky counties. The presentation of the utility’s capabilities will cover the power plants and generation methods, including the H.L. Spurlock Station located near Maysville and John Sherman Cooper Station located near Somerset. Details about EKPC’s transmission planning, operations, and maintenance will be discussed, including substation layout and analysis. The presentation will conclude with a brief overview of the new Cooperative Solar Farm One. Operated by EKPC, it is one of the largest solar projects in Kentucky, producing 8.5 megawatts with 32,000 solar panels.

This seminar is presented in partnership with the IEEE Power and Energy Society, Lexington Chapter.