Coal is coming under tremendous political fire more than ever before. Nobody really knows what the future holds for our nation’s energy production. But for now, coal is how we keep the lights on in Kentucky. I’ve spent part of the summer and much of the fall doing annual report photos for the electric generation, transmission, and distribution industry, including East Kentucky Power and many of the local electric co-ops. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to keep the lights on.