LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Louisville Gas and Electric Co. plans to shut down its Cane Run power plant in May 2015, eight months earlier than expected.
LG&E will replace it with a natural-gas-fired plant that will be built on the Cane Run property in Jefferson County.
Company officials said they were able to accelerate the schedule because permits came through faster than expected.
The original plan was to close the existing plant and open the new one by 2016 to meet a clean-air deadline from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
LG&E spokesman Brian Phillips said Monday that the announcement's timing isn't related to any regulatory pressure.
Natural gas burns with less pollution than coal and doesn't produce combustion waste such as fly ash, making the new plant cleaner.