AEP to Reconsider Alternatives to Coal at Eastern Kentucky Plant

American Electric Power may have changed its mind about the future of the coal-fired Big Sandy Power Plant in Eastern Kentucky. The company has an application pending with the Kentucky Public Service Commission to install pollution controls at the plant to continue burning coal. But WFPL has learned that AEP filed to withdraw the application […]

PSC Approves LG&E Proposal for Gas Plant at Cane Run

The PSC has approved Louisville Gas and Electric’s application to construct a 640 megawatt natural gas power plant at the current site of the gas-fired Cane Run Power Station. The company will also buy existing gas generation in Oldham County. The company already had approval to retire Cane Run, as well as two other coal-fired […]

Kentucky Power Makes Case for Coal at Big Sandy Power Plant

The Kentucky Public Service Commission is set to decide soon whether American Electric Power can keep burning coal at an eastern Kentucky power plant. The Public Service Commissioners heard testimony today in Frankfort. Kentucky Power’s Big Sandy Power Plant in Lawrence County burns coal, and the company—which is owned by American Electric Power—is asking for […]

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. […]

PSC Will Hold Formal Hearing Tuesday on LG&E Gas Conversion Plan

The Public Service Commission will hear testimony for and against a proposed project at Louisville Gas and Electric’s Cane Run power plant tomorrow. The utility company is asking for permission to retire several coal-fired power plants, including the Cane Run Power Station in southwest Louisville. It plans to replace the generation capacity with both new […]

Environmental Groups Say Burning Coal at Big Sandy Isn’t Least-Cost Option

Two environmental groups are contesting an application filed with the Public Service Commission by an eastern Kentucky power company. They say retrofitting the Big Sandy power plant to continue burning coal will be more expensive than the company reported. In December, Kentucky Power filed an application with the Public Service Commission to spend $940 million […]

PSC Holds Public Meeting on LG&E Cane Run Proposal Tomorrow

The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold a meeting tomorrow to allow the public to weigh in on a proposal by Louisville Gas and Electric. The utility is asking the commission to approve a plan to convert the coal-fired Cane Run Power Station to natural gas. LG&E wants to reconfigure the Cane Run power plant […]

LG&E, KU Settlement Includes Retrofit Delays, More Money for Energy Assistance

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 […]

PSC Issues Recommendations to Address LG&E, KU Customer Service Issues

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 […]

Settlement Reached in LG&E, KU Rate Hearing

Representative from all sides of a proposed utility rate increase have reached a settlement agreement. Public Service Commissioners will consider the deal tomorrow. Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities are seeking permission to make $2.5 billion worth of environmental upgrades to power plants, the costs of which would be passed along to ratepayers. There […]