9:00 am
Fri November 4, 2011

After Years of Keeping Rates Low, Coal Now Detrimental to Utility Costs

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

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.

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.

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12:00 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Coal Ash Scares, Sickens Southwest Louisville Neighborhood

The smokestacks above Louisville Gas and Electric's Cane Run Power Station.
Erica Peterson WFPL

You can’t see the smokestacks of the Cane Run Power Station from Stephanie Hogan’s home, even though she lives a block away. And while the power plant isn’t visible, it’s still a looming presence in Hogan’s life.

“Oh, he breathes so bad, he sounds like Darth Vader.” Hogan shakes her head, and her two-year-old son Cody wheezes. “You ain’t even been running.”

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