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… Continue reading LG&E Report Finds Coal Ash on Area Homes
The federal Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing a new air pollution rule that’s meant to reduce power plant emissions. The rule will affect Kentucky, but not immediately. The EPA’s new rule is meant to control sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, which are often blown across state lines. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says regulating such… Continue reading EPA Issues New Air Standards for Power Plants
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
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.
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.
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.
The Kentucky Public Service Commission is set to hold a hearing Tuesday n rate hikes proposed by Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities. LG&E is requesting to increase electricity rates by about 12 percent and its sister company, Kentucky Utilities, has proposed raising rates by more than 13 percent. If approved, it would mean… Continue reading Commission Holds Hearing on Proposed Rate Increases