Kentucky Public Service Commission

Louisville Gas and Electric has secured state approval to build natural gas turbines at its Cane Run Power Station. The Kentucky Public Service Commission issued its ruling today.

The ruling will allow LG&E to build a 640 megawatt natural gas power plant at the current site of the coal-fired Cane Run Power Station, which is set to be retired by 2016. The company will also buy existing gas generation in Oldham County, if it gets approval for the project from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Environmental groups intervened in the case, arguing that LG&E should examine sources other than gas to meet the area’s energy demand—like renewable sources and efficiency measures. In the order, the commissioners disagreed, but did require the company to commission a study to determine what energy savings can be achieved through efficiency programs.

Earthjustice attorney Shannon Fisk was co-counsel for the environmental interveners. He says even though the application was granted, the efficiency study “is real progress that will hopefully save customers money and also be beneficial to the environment,” he said. [click to continue…]

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