Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities will offer three new and four expanded energy efficiency programs to ratepayers next year. The programs recently approved by the Public Service Commission include a rebate for new Energy Star appliances, as well as a rebate for customers who recycle their old refrigerators and freezers. LG&E spokeswoman Liz… Continue reading LG&E, KU, Approved to Offer Additional Energy Efficiency Programs
Utility companies, environmental groups, non-profits and the state have reached an agreement in a rate case pending before the Kentucky Public Service Commission. The settlement was presented to commissioners today in Frankfort. Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities’ original plan included $2.5 billion in environmental upgrades. The new agreement is cheaper—$2.25 billion. That’s because… Continue reading LG&E, KU Settlement Includes Retrofit Delays, More Money for Energy Assistance
by Ron Smith, Kentucky Public Radio The Kentucky Public Service Commission has issued recommendations it hopes will improve satisfaction with Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities’ customer service. In September, an independent audit found numerous faults with the utilities, ranging from mistaken meter readings to unresponsive call centers. Commission spokesman Andrew Melnykovych (mel-nuh-KO-vich) predicts… Continue reading PSC Issues Recommendations to Address LG&E, KU Customer Service Issues
Hearings begin tomorrow in Frankfort, as the Kentucky Public Service Commission considers a request for environmental upgrades and higher rates from Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities. Commissioners will also hear from a consultant who has found flaws with the request. The utility companies are proposing to spend $2.5 billion to bring their fleets… Continue reading Consultant Will Testify About Flaws in KU, LG&E Rate Proposal
Last week, Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities announced a plan to retire three coal-fired power plants over the next four years. The plants will be replaced by facilities that burn natural gas—which is cleaner than coal. The utilities are part of a growing trend across the nation to retire older coal plants. To… Continue reading LG&E, KU Plan to Switch Units From Coal to Gas Part of a Nationwide Trend
The Kentucky Public Service Commission has scheduled four public meetings next month around the state so commissioners can hear testimony from the public about proposed utility rate increases. Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities have requested the PSC allow them to raise utility rates to pay for environmental upgrades to their power plants. LG&E… Continue reading PSC Sets Dates for Public Comment on Rate Increases
Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities are preparing to ask the Public Service Commission for rate increases that will take effect over the next five years. Company officials say the hikes are necessary to comply with environmental regulations. To comply with federal law, the utilities have to make their coal burning power plants pollute less.… Continue reading LG&E, KU Requesting Rate Increases
PPL acquired the two companies from parent E.ON U.S. for $7.6 billion. The deal was approved by the Kentucky Public Service Commission last month.
The PSC is expected to decide by month’s end whether to approve the deal. The utilities are currently owned by E.ON U.S.
Rate hikes for Kentucky’s two largest utilities have been approved in Frankfort. The increases come over the objections of the state attorney general’s office.