When it comes to supplying the energy that powers our country, Kentucky plays a bigger role than most. We represent just 1.4 percent of its population, but provide 2.3 percent of its electricity.
The main reason for that, of course, is coal, which was first commercially mined in the Commonwealth in 1820. Now, only two states extract more annually, and only four depend on it more to run their homes, schools and businesses. Here in Kentucky, it supplies more than 90 percent of our electricity.