Across party lines, members of the Louisville Metro Council say a plan championed by Mayor Greg Fischer that proposes an increased fee for Louisville Gas & Electric Co. customers is unfair. The plan is part of the city’s new franchise agreement with the utility company, which hasn’t been renewed since 2003. If approved, the fee […]
Winds in excess of 60 mph downed trees and power lines during last night’s storms, and knocked out power to more than 20,000 homes in the metro area. As of 5:30am, LG&E and KU report that about 7,000 customers are without power, as crews work to restore electricity. The storms caused some scattered property damage […]
The crews were sent to Cincinnati and Dayton Wednesday, where this week’s winter storm was more destructive than it was in Louisville. Spokesperson Brian Phillips says most of LG&E’s crews, however, will remain in Kentucky.
Many utilities participate in a program in which they send crews to hard-hit areas to help restore power. The storm is expected to bring strong winds, heavy rain and light snow to Louisville. Louisville Gas and Electric spokesperson Chris Whelan says none of those should cause much damage, and many LG&E crews may be sent out of Kentucky.
In its latest statement, the National Weather Service predicts patches of light freezing rain or freezing drizzle will continue through the late morning and into the afternoon hours. This follows more significant ice accumulations overnight.
LG&E has asked crews in other cities to be on standby, in case they are needed to help restore power in Louisville. Dozens of crews came to Kentucky in early 2009 after ice storms caused widespread outages. Spokesperson Chris Whelan says since that storm LG&E has made several improvements.
Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light will host a panel discussion on two specific issues relating to the ash created when coal is burned. Executive director Tim Darst says first, the group will discuss a proposed LG&E coal waste dump in southwest Louisville.
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.
The head Germany’s E.ON utility company today awarded a six million dollar parting gift to three Kentucky institutions.
Conway contends that the sale will affect the need for a rate increase and that the rate increase would make the sale a better deal for PPL. He wants the PSC to dismiss the rate case, which would force PPL to re-apply for the increase later, if it’s still necessary.