Energy

Environment
9:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Louisville Gas & Electric Proposes Expansion of Energy Efficiency Programs

Credit LG&E

Louisville Gas and Electric is asking for permission from state regulators to expand five of its energy efficiency programs and introduce a new one. The company filed to make the changes last week with the Public Service Commission.

In the PSC filing, LG&E is asking for authorization to expand some of its current energy efficiency programs…like increasing the number of rebates available for certain appliances and adding more incentives for customers to make energy upgrades to homes after getting a home energy audit.

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Local News
3:01 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Louisville's Low-Income Heating Assistance Program Off To Steady Start

Credit Photo submitted by Keith Runyon

Yvette Anderson works a seasonal job. The lull is in the winter.

"I'm on a really tight budget," she says.

Anderson is one of 2,426 low-income Louisvillians who have already scheduled appointments to receive help with paying for energy bills through the city's Low-Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP.

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Environment
6:52 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Environmental Group Predicts 2014 Will be Big for Climate, Energy

The leaders of the Natural Resources Defense Council are predicting that 2014 will be an important year for environmental policy.

The NRDC is optimistic about prospects for environmental policies and legislation in 2014. In a conference call to highlight the group’s priorities, Climate and Clean Air Campaign Director Pete Altman notes a continuing trend toward increased political acceptance of climate change science.

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Environment
4:37 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

State Analysis Urges Energy Diversification... This Time, to Keep Coal in the Mix

Erica Peterson WFPL

A new analysis from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet finds that without policy changes, the commonwealth may be powered almost entirely by natural gas by the middle of the century.

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Environment
3:00 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

What's Next for Energy in Kentucky and Beyond? A Conversation with Consultant James Clad.

James Clad

James Clad has a lot of opinions on the global energy industry. These days, he’s an international political risk consultant for the energy industry. He’s also a senior advisor for the Center for Naval Analyses and at Jane’s Defence and Cambridge Energy Research Associates. From 2002-2010, he was the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asia.

Clad was in Louisville last month to address the Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations.

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Environment
5:47 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Environmental Groups Advocate for Stricter Regulations on Water Pollution from Power Plants

Erica Peterson WFPL

A new report says water pollution from many of the country’s coal-fired power plants are under-regulated, and contributing to problems in already-polluted streams and rivers. Environmental groups are using the data to advocate for stricter federal regulations on power plant pollution.

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Environment
5:20 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Report: As Water Supplies Dwindle, Energy Mix Will Be Affected

A new report lays out the risks to the nation’s electricity reliability and drinking water as supplies of fresh water dwindle.

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Environment
6:38 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Environmental Justice Rally Scheduled for Thursday

Organizers are hoping a march and rally this Thursday will be one of the biggest environmental justice events ever held in Kentucky.

The event is organized by Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light, in conjunction with the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, which is also happening in Louisville this week. It’s meant to raise awareness of the environmental effects of burning fossil fuels—like coal—for energy, and the ways it affects nearby residents.

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Environment
7:00 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Analysis Shows CO2 Reductions if Current Energy Laws Stay in Place

Energy Information Administration

Tax credits for renewable energy are set to expire, but a new study shows that current energy policies, if they're kept in place, would reduce carbon dioxide emissions over the next thirty years.

The Energy Information Administration is an arm of the federal government, but is policy neutral. This means they don’t advocate for certain policies; they just crunch the numbers.

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Environment
12:05 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

A Little More Gas, A Little Less Coal: Analyst Explains the U.S. Annual Energy Outlook

EIA Annual Energy Outlook

America’s energy mix in 2040 won’t be drastically different from what it is today: a little less coal and oil, a little more natural gas and renewable energy. That’s according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook.

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