12:02 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Whitfield Chosen to Help Craft GOP Policy on Energy, Environment

First District Congressman Ed Whitfield has been tapped to lead a subcommittee at the Republican National Convention later this month, where he’ll help shape the Republican party’s stance on energy issues.

Whitfield is the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power. During his time in that position, he’s lead efforts to keep the uranium enrichment plant in Paducah open and stop the federal government from regulating coal ash.

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1:29 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Kentucky Ranks First in Toxic Air Pollution from Power Plants

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

Kentucky is number one on a list of the states with the most toxic air pollution from power plants.

The Natural Resources Defense Council analyzed the data self-reported by industries in the Toxic Release Inventory, which is managed by the federal government. The most recent data is from 2010, and that year, Kentucky’s power plants emitted more than 40 million pounds of toxic air pollution. This gives the state the dubious honor of being ranked number one in the nation.

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11:04 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Gas Planet: A Documentary About Natural Gas and Climate Change

Coming up at 1:00 this afternoon, WFPL will air "Gas Planet: The Impact of the Natural Gas Boom on Climate Change." This hour-long documentary produced by The Allegheny Front examines the rise of natural gas, fueled by low prices, abundant resources and a lower carbon footprint than coal.

12:17 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Arch Coal Will Reportedly Lay Off 500 Miners in Eastern Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky news outlets are reporting that Arch Coal will lay off 500 miners across the region. 

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6:15 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Ford Reports 22 Percent Energy Reduction Over Last Six Years

Ford Motor Company has reduced the energy used in its plants significantly, according to the company’s annual sustainability report.

The company says it reduced the amount of energy needed to produce each vehicle by 22 percent over the last six years. Spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel says that’s due to conservation in several different departments—like new lighting and new paint booth technologies.

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11:13 am
Fri June 8, 2012

LG&E Seeks Rate Increase, Citing Infrastructure Investments

Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric will request a rate increase later this month from the Kentucky Public Service Commission.

The company is proposing an increase of about seven percent for both electric and gas base rates. If it’s approved, it will raise the typical residential customer’s bill by about $10.65 per month beginning next year.

LG&E spokeswoman Chris Whelan says the rate increase is necessary for the company to recover money it has invested in the system.

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5:28 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Report Ranks Three Kentucky Power Plants Among Nation's Biggest Polluters

Erica Peterson WFPL

Three Kentucky coal-fired power plants are named among the biggest polluters in the nation in a new report.

The Environmental Integrity Project analyzed the fifty-one U.S. power plants that emit the highest levels of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, which have been linked to premature deaths from heart and lung disease.

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6:26 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Coal Less Important Than Ever to American Energy Generation

Erica Peterson WFPL

A common misconception about coal in America is that it accounts for most of the nation’s electricity generation.

Coal’s importance to the nation’s energy mix is indisputable. But that influence is on the decline, and is dropping fast. Even so, the new data has yet to be embraced by politicians intent on reinforcing Kentucky’s coal industry.

Here’s Western Kentucky state Representative Brent Yonts at a recent public hearing in Frankfort.

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5:56 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Judge Orders EPA to Set Particle Pollution Standards

A federal judge has given the Environmental Protection Agency one week to set standards for fine particle pollution across the United States. These are the fine particles that come out of factories, power plants and automobiles.

Paul Cort is an attorney for nonprofit Earthjustice. He argued the case.

“This rule defines what it means to have clean air that’s safe to breathe,” Cort said. “And so by setting these standards, if an area has air that doesn’t meet these standards, then they have to develop a plan to reduce emissions that contribute to the pollution problem.”

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6:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Kentucky State Parks Begins Energy Retrofit of Nine Western Kentucky Parks

Kentucky’s state parks system is two months into a major energy savings project at nine of its parks. The project is part of Governor Steve Beshear’s Initiative for Smart Government, which is designed to reduce government waste.

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