Louisville, Ky. Groups rally against LG&E despite reaching settlement

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by Adrianna Hopkins

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 10, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 10 at 7:40 PM

(WHAS11) -- Several different groups, the Sierra Club, the Greater Louisville Group of the Cumberland Chapter of the Sierra Club, Occupy Louisville, The Justice Resource Center, the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, the Kentucky Environmental Foundation, and Rubbertown Emergency Action are protesting rate hikes and rallying for clean energy.

LG&E/KU and several groups of the protesting groups, including the Sierra Club reached an agreement regarding those rate hikes and presented it to the public service commission.

Tom Pearce with the sierra club who says they're still protesting for clean energy and green jobs. An LG&E spokesperson talked to us about the rate hike and LG&E’s stance on clean energy production.

"For LG&E for 2012, the rate would increase 2.12%. It would be 18.34% by 2016,” LG&E spokesperson Chris Whelan said. "The thing is we live in a coal state and coal is a least cost fuel. We are obligated by law to serve our customers in the least cost fashion. We are compliant with all of the environmental standards. I know the Sierra Club wants solar and wind, but it wouldn't be enough to serve our customers."

LG&E says these rate increases are necessary for the environmental improvements that are mandated by the federal government. The Public Service Commission still has to approve this settlement.

The rally was at the LG&E bill payment center on south 9th Street from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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