LG&E to replace current plant with natural gas facility by 2016


by WHAS11


Posted on September 16, 2011 at 12:10 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 16 at 12:22 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – In five years’ time, the LG&E plant on Cane Run Road will shut down. The company faces major changes and they are long overdue, said residents.

People who live close to the plant have complained for years about coal ash in the air and on their houses. There is now a plan to bring cleaner energy to the site.

Local Diane Hargrove describes the ash as just one of the nuisances dealt with while living across from LG&E's Cane Run Road plant for over 20 years.

"It would be nice to have my granddaughter out playing and not be worried about what they are breathing," said Hargrove.

Another resident, Willa Thomas, has dealt with similar issues.

"I think they need to do something because I know this environment can't be good for people," said Thomas.

LG&E is making changes to comply with new EPA regulations. The Cane Run power station will be replaced by a clean, natural gas facility on the same site by 2016. The company is also replacing two other coal fired plants.

“The three older generation units really weren't cost effective to upgrade them so we're going to have to retire them," said Chris Whelan, LG&E Director of Communications.

The coal facility will still operate through 2016 and if the deal is approved by the Public Service Commission, the prices LG&E customers pay for power will not be affected, said Whelan.

After so many years of complaints, some nearby residents said they will only believe it when they see it.

"We need it. I'm happy they intend to make changes and updates. We'll see in five years,” added Hargrove.