electricity http://wfpl.org en Data Shows Gas is Catching Up to Coal, Even in the Southeast http://wfpl.org/post/data-shows-gas-catching-coal-even-southeast <p>A new analysis by the federal government shows that coal-fired electricity is losing ground in a former stronghold: the Southeast.</p><p>Coal's share of the nation's electricity generation has been slipping over the past few years; in July, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/eia-data-shows-natural-gas-coal-generation-equal-first-time" target="_blank">preliminary data suggested for the first time, </a>natural gas and coal both provided the same amount (32 percent) of the U.S.'s electricity. But coal usage has typically been higher in the Southeast.</p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 2904 at http://wfpl.org Data Shows Gas is Catching Up to Coal, Even in the Southeast What Will it Take to Make Western Kentucky Aluminum Smelters Profitable? http://wfpl.org/post/what-will-it-take-make-western-kentucky-aluminum-smelters-profitable <p>Over the past several months, there have been worries that two big aluminum smelters in western Kentucky will shut down. Rio Tinto-Alcan has a plant in Sebree (Webster County) and Century Aluminum has a plant in Hawesville (Hancock County).</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 1964 at http://wfpl.org What Will it Take to Make Western Kentucky Aluminum Smelters Profitable? Public Service Commission to Study Smart Grid Technology http://wfpl.org/post/public-service-commission-study-smart-grid-technology <p>The Kentucky Public Service Commission <a href="http://psc.ky.gov/agencies/psc/press/102012/1001_r02.PDF" target="_blank">will begin a study </a>of smart grid technology, and whether the devices will help electric consumers.</p><p>The term “smart grid” is used to refer to technology like smart meters, and other equipment that helps utilities monitor electricity and detect outages. PSC spokesman Andrew Melnykovych says the tools can be useful for consumers, too.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 21:24:42 +0000 Erica Peterson 1848 at http://wfpl.org Public Service Commission to Study Smart Grid Technology PSC Agrees to $58 Million Settlement in Big Rivers Rate Case http://wfpl.org/post/psc-agrees-58-million-settlement-big-rivers-rate-case <p>The <a href="http://psc.ky.gov/">Kentucky Public Service Commission</a> has accepted a settlement in a rate case involving Big Rivers Electric Corp., which provides power to several electric co-ops in western Kentucky.</p><p>When Big Rivers proposed environmental upgrades earlier this year, the improvements were estimated to cost ratepayers more than $283 million. The company planned to install more stringent pollution controls at four of its power plants, and convert the coal-fired Reid Plant in Sebree to natural gas.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 19:31:39 +0000 Erica Peterson 1846 at http://wfpl.org PSC Agrees to $58 Million Settlement in Big Rivers Rate Case Group Trying to Remove Chair of Electric Co-Op http://wfpl.org/post/group-trying-remove-chair-electric-co-op <p>A group of southern Kentucky businessmen are pushing to remove the chairman of the state's largest rural electric cooperative and making allegations that he has acted improperly.</p><p>Somerset businessman John Tuttle is spearheading the drive to oust Rick Stephens of McCreary County as chairman of the South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative. Tuttle says that some people are accusing Stephens of illegal activity, but he believes Stephens has made decisions that "don't pass the smell test."</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 18:45:19 +0000 The Associated Press 1560 at http://wfpl.org Report Says Nation's Newest Coal Plant Isn't as Cheap as Promised http://wfpl.org/post/report-says-nations-newest-coal-plant-isnt-cheap-promised <p>A large coal-burning power plant in Illinois that provides electricity to some areas of Western Kentucky and Indiana is under fire. A non-profit analyzed the costs of the plant and the numbers suggest ratepayers in eight states are paying more than they should.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 21:45:37 +0000 Erica Peterson 1496 at http://wfpl.org Report Says Nation's Newest Coal Plant Isn't as Cheap as Promised After Years of Keeping Rates Low, Coal Now Detrimental to Utility Costs http://wfpl.org/post/after-years-keeping-rates-low-coal-now-detrimental-utility-costs <p>Coal-fired electricity is one of the reasons Kentucky’s utility rates are among the lowest in the nation. And as new pollution regulations take effect, coal is the reason Kentucky will be among the hardest hit states. Rate increases currently before the Public Service Commission are one sign of the changing tide.</p><p>In September, dozens of people showed up at a public meeting in Louisville to weigh in on proposed electricity rate increases. Most of them, like Rev. Milton Seymore, were against the higher rates.</p> Fri, 04 Nov 2011 13:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 1956 at http://wfpl.org After Years of Keeping Rates Low, Coal Now Detrimental to Utility Costs