11am Power Update: 69,000 Customers Without Power

The latest word we have from LG&E/KU is that 69,000 customers are without power in the Louisville metro after Saturday’s storm. Duke is reporting about 11,000 customers without power in southern Indiana. LG&E/KU Outage Map Duke Outage information Last night, LG&E Senior Vice President Chris Hermann told us it will take days to restore electricity, […]

Power Restoration Will Take Days Following Severe Storm

Louisville Gas and Electric and Metro Government crews are assessing the damage caused by Saturday night’s severe storm. A brief but strong storm swept through the area shortly before 6 pm. Hours later, more than 120,000 LG&E customers in Jefferson County were without power. That’s roughly one third of all households. As of 10:45 pm, […]

LG&E Fined by Metro Government for Coal Ash Contamination

Metro Government has fined Louisville Gas & Electric for letting coal ash leave the Cane Run Power Station and contaminate nearby homes. Two weeks ago, LG&E released test results that found ash on three area homes. Now, the city has fined the company $4,000 for violating the district’s fugitive dust rule. The Air Pollution Control […]

LG&E Discusses Coal Ash Sampling With Cane Run Families

Louisville Gas and Electric gathered three southwest Louisville Monday night to discuss the results of recent studies on coal ash. The studies were commissioned to determine whether the hazardous ash was leaving LG&E’s Cane Run power plant, as the homeowners have asserted. LG&E did two sets of sampling. The first set took results directly off […]

LG&E Report Finds Coal Ash on Area Homes

A new report has confirmed that coal ash is contaminating the homes of residents who live near a Louisville power plant. Residents have complained about dust from the Cane Run Power Station traveling onto their properties. A study commissioned by Louisville Gas & Electric took six samples off of nearby homes, and all came back […]

Utility Companies Tell Lawmakers Environmental Upgrades Will Raise Rates

Several utility companies across Kentucky told a legislative committee ratepayers should expect a 20 percent increase over the next five years, largely due to environmental upgrades. According to KPR’s Tony McVeigh: “Representatives of several coal-fired utilities in Kentucky say meeting federal clean air standards already in the pipeline will require investments of billions of dollars.  […]

Beshear Blames ‘War on Coal’ For LG&E, KU Rate Hikes

Responding to Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities’ request for a rate increase up to 19 percent, Governor Steve Beshear blamed federal regulators for the higher utility bills. From Beshear’s office: “Given that too many Kentucky families are still struggling in this tough economy, I am disappointed that the federal government’s war on coal, […]

LG&E, KU Requesting 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. […]

Council Rejects LG&E Agreement, Fee Increase

Questioning the fairness of the plan, the Louisville Metro Council’s budget committee delayed action on a new franchise agreement negotiated between Mayor Greg Fischer and the Louisville Gas & Electric Co., saying the administration must come up with a better deal. The mayor’s plan would generate $5.4 million in new revenue for the city by […]

Fischer’s Honeymoon Ending, Says Fleming

Calling a proposal to increase monthly bills for Louisville Gas & Electric Co. customers a backdoor tax, Louisville Metro Councilman Ken Fleming says the honeymoon for Mayor Greg Fischer is coming to a close. The mayor is currently drafting a city budget facing a $22 million deficit, but city lawmakers are beginning to criticize the […]