Mayor: City/State Prepared Strong Bid For Utilities

By Rick Howlett Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson says the city and state put together a competitive bid package for Kentucky’s two major utiltity companies but the process hit a snag several days ago. Instead, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities will be purchased by Pennsylvania-based PPL Corporation for $6.7 billion, it was announced… Continue reading Mayor: City/State Prepared Strong Bid For Utilities

LG&E, KU To Be Purchased By PPL Corp.

By Rick Howlett Officials with Pennsylvania-based PPL Corp. announced Wednesday that the company is purchasing E.ON U.S., which includes Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utililties. Rumors of a purchase of the Kentucky properties have been swirling for weeks; there were reports Friday that North Carolina-based Duke Energy would buy the properties. PPL, formerly… Continue reading LG&E, KU To Be Purchased By PPL Corp.

LG&E, KU For Sale?

By Rick Howlett Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson says EON officials would not confirm or deny to him Tuesday that they are considering selling Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities. Reports to that effect came out overnight from several media sources. Abramson says state and city officials want a seat at the table if… Continue reading LG&E, KU For Sale?

E.ON U.S. Looking At Ways To "Harden" System

From Stu Johnson, Kentucky Public Radio/WEKU, Richmond The parent firm of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities has asked for some guidance from the Kentucky Public Service Commission on ways to lessen the likelihood of future power outages. The request from E.ON U.S. comes after January’s massive ice storm that caused widespread outages.… Continue reading E.ON U.S. Looking At Ways To "Harden" System

Ice Storm-Related Utility Rate Hikes Possible

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh The long-term effects of this winter’s ferocious ice storm in Kentucky may include utility rate increases linked to clean-up and repair costs. Utility damage estimates from the ice storm exceed $250 million , says Andrew Melnykovich of the Kentucky Public Service Commission. Utility cooperatives may be able to recoup… Continue reading Ice Storm-Related Utility Rate Hikes Possible

High Winds Leave Thousands In The Dark

Just days after utility crews restored service to hundreds of thousands of people left in the dark by the ice storm, wind gusts and thunderstorms have struck the region, causing more outages. As of 9:00pm Wednesday, some 37,000 LG and E customers were without electricity and 44,000 Kentucky Utilities customers had no service. Duke Energy reported… Continue reading High Winds Leave Thousands In The Dark

Storm Outage Numbers Rise

This week’s ice storm has caused the second largest power outage in both Louisville and Kentucky history. Louisville Gas and Electric Company now says about 205,000 customers in the Louisville area are without electrical service.   Sister company Kentucky Utilities says more than 176,000 customers across Kentucky lost power. Spokesperson Brian Phillips says crews continue to assess the… Continue reading Storm Outage Numbers Rise

Downed Power Line Safety Info From E.ON U.S.

Stay away from downed wires. Keep others away, too. Always assume any downed wire is an energized power line and call us immediately. LG&E Customers:   (502) 589-3500 (toll-free 1-800-331-7370) KU/ODP Customers:   (800) 981-0600 There is no way to tell if a downed wire is an energized power line, or a cable or telephone wire. We… Continue reading Downed Power Line Safety Info From E.ON U.S.

Rate Settlement Reached With LG and E, KU

A settlement has been reached under which Louisville Gas and Electric Company’s new rates for natural gas and electricity would be less than originally requested. Company spokesperson Chris Whelan (WAY-lon) says under an agreement reached with the state attorney general’s office, the utility’s electric customers would see their monthly bill decrease by one dollar per… Continue reading Rate Settlement Reached With LG and E, KU

More Workers Join Power Restoration Effort

Louisville Gas and Electric Company says it has nearly 1,900 people working to restore power to homes and businesses left without service in Sunday’s windstorm. It’s the largest power restoration effort in company history. As of late Thursday afternoon, about 121,000 customers in LG and E’s service area were without power, down from more than… Continue reading More Workers Join Power Restoration Effort