PSC Hears Testimony in LG&E Natural Gas Case

Kentucky’s Public Service Commissioners are considering a proposal by Louisville Gas and Electric to convert some of the company’s coal-fired facilities into natural gas plants. The PSC held a formal hearing on the issue today. LG&E already has permission to retire three of its coal-fired power plants, including the Cane Run plant in southwest Louisville. […]

LG&E, Kentucky Utilities To Replace Three Coal Plants With Natural Gas

One of Louisville’s two coal-fired power plants will be taken offline in the next five years. By 2016, Cane Run Power Station will be replaced by natural gas—a fuel that’s cleaner than conventional coal. Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities will retire the Cane Run plant in southwest Louisville, as well as two other […]

LG&E to Replace Coal-Fired Cane Run Plant With Natural Gas

Louisville Gas & Electric announced today that its coal-fired power plant in southwest Louisville will be taken offline by 2016. The company will build a new natural gas-fired plant on the same property. This is an option LG&E has been weighing publicly since April. In an interview earlier this summer, Vice President John Voyles said the […]

Coal Ash Scares, Sickens Southwest Louisville Neighborhood–Part Three

Kathy Little and Debbie Walker stand in Walker’s front yard, 50 feet from the ash landfill at Louisville Gas & Electric‘s Cane Run plant. They watch as heavy machinery backs up, pushing ash from one pile to another. Both women have lived in the neighborhood for decades—Little for 33 years, Walker for 23. Walker says […]

Coal Ash Scares, Sickens Southwest Louisville Neighborhood—Part Two

“Okay, here’s our ash pond!” Steve Turner exclaims. He’s the general manager at Louisville Gas & Electric’s Cane Run Power Station, and he is giving Kathy Little and her husband Tony a tour of the plant. “You can see bottom ash, but it’s down at the water level, so it stays wetted.” Cane Run is […]

Coal Ash Disaster Prompts New Scrutiny

Thick black sludge buried nearly 300 acres in the December 2008 coal ash spill at a Tennessee power plant. And the disaster left many asking how it could have happened. Now, as U.S. lawmakers push for answers, WFPL’s Kristin Espeland finds out who’s watching coal ash in Kentucky.