Louisville Gas and Electric

Local News
2:54 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Gas-Fired Power Plant Proposed for Western Kentucky

Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities have announced plans to build a new natural gas powered generating plant in western Kentucky and a smaller, solar-powered station. 

Spokeswoman Chris Whelan says the facility planned for Muhlenberg County will be similar to the generating plant being built at the companies’ Cane Run site in Jefferson County.

"It will be 700 megawatts, roughly $700 million to construct," Whelan said.

"And then we’re also proposing we will build a 10 megawatt solar facility at one of our existing sites."

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Environment
3:42 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

LG&E Fined $65,000 for Odor Problems at Cane Run Power Plant

Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric is facing a $65,000 fine for alleged violations at the company’s Cane Run Power Plant. This is the latest of several Notice of Violations the company has received for problems at the plant in the past two years.

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Environment
2:34 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

LG&E to Announce Plans to Reuse Coal Byproducts at Mill Creek

Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric will hold a press conference Monday morning to announce “a new beneficial reuse manufacturing facility.” The star-studded event will feature Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and state house majority leader Rocky Adkins.

So, why the fuss? It seems that Louisville company Charah plans to use the byproducts scrubbed from the emissions at the Mill Creek Power Station in a sulfate-based fertilizer the company manufactures.

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Environment
3:22 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Rare Hearing Could Be Imminent if Air District, LG&E Can't Agree on Coal Ash Violations

Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

The Air Pollution Control Board could be close to its first administrative hearing in seven years.

At a meeting today, the board approved a settlement between the Air Pollution Control District and Louisville Gas and Electric. Under the terms of the settlement, LG&E will pay $10,500, as well as implement stricter pollution controls to contain coal ash dust at the company’s Cane Run Power Station.

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Environment
12:22 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

LG&E, Metro Government Reach Tentative Agreement on Several Coal Ash Violations

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

Louisville Gas and Electric has reached an agreement with Metro Government over alleged coal ash violations at the company's Cane Run Power Station.

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Environment
9:49 am
Mon March 25, 2013

LG&E, Division of Wildlife Launch Live Web Stream of Peregrine Falcons Nesting at Power Plant

A peregrine falcon at the Louisville Zoo.
Ltshears Wikimedia Commons

Like watching live streamed videos of animals while you're at work? The Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife and Louisville Gas and Electric have launched a webcam for the public to view a pair of peregrine falcons which are nesting at LG&E's Mill Creek power plant.

There's not a lot of action in the nesting box right now, but there are five eggs which are expected to hatch sometime this week. Here are some archived videos.

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Politics
6:10 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Water Pipe Burst Floods Mayor Greg Fischer's Office

Credit Wikipedia Commons

The infrastructure woes for downtown Louisville continued Saturday after a major water pipe burst severely flooded Mayor Greg Fischer's office.

Fischer's chief of staff discovered the flooding around 2 p.m and staff rushed to save valuable artwork and historic furniture in Metro Hall.

The pipe burst began on the sixth floor of the building cascading to the fourth and second floors, including Metro TV studios.

According to a mayoral spokesman Chris Poynter, city crews aren’t certain what caused the pipe to burst, but believe it could be connected to the underground electrical explosion that occurred early Saturday morning.

The explosion dislodged manhole covers and shut down a few downtown Louisville blocks. It also caused the evacuation of Metro Police headquarters.

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Local News
9:40 am
Sat March 23, 2013

Underground Transformer Fire Dislodges Manhole Covers, Closes Downtown Louisville Streets

Credit LG&E

A fire in an underground electrical transformer vault early Saturday dislodged manhole covers and shut down downtown Louisville blocks.

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Environment
6:04 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Kentucky Denies Permit for Coal Ash Landfill At Trimble County Power Plant

LG&E's Trimble County Power Station
Erica Peterson WFPL

The Kentucky Division of Waste Management has denied a pending permit for a coal ash landfill in Trimble County.

The proposed landfill would have been 218 acres, near Louisville Gas and Electric’s Trimble County Power Station. It was meant to store the coal ash produced by the plant, but ever since it was first proposed, the project has encountered numerous problems.

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Environment
8:18 am
Mon February 25, 2013

LG&E's Plan to Close Ash Pond Could Be Replicated at Other Plants

Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric’s plan to put a cap made of coal ash on top of a coal ash pond at the Cane Run Power Plant in southwest Louisville has neighborhood residents concerned. But the head of the state’s solid waste branch says the plan is innovative, and he thinks it can be replicated at other power plants.

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