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LG&E, KY Utilities, KY Power, Duke Energy crews head south to help with hurricane power outages

(Note: Weather updated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday) Crews from Louisville Gas & Electric, Kentucky Utilities and Kentucky Power are on their way to Florida to help with any outages that may result from Hurricane Dorian. The storm is headed to the southeast coast and residents are bracing for the worst. The crews from Kentucky will help with expected power outages wherever the storm makes landfall. The...

PSC clears road for electric vehicle charging stations; removes potential obstacle of regulation

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) ruled Friday that electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are not utilities and therefore should not be subject to regulation. The ruling, contained in an order issued Friday, is intended to remove any ambiguity over the legal status of EV charging stations and pave the way for the deployment of more such stations in Kentucky. The PSC noted in the order...

1000 Duke Energy workers headed to restoration efforts from Hurricane Florence, a disaster in motion

Staff report Duke Energy deployed over 1,000 employees and contract workers from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to help with restoration efforts from Hurricane Florence. The team left yesterday morning from the Florence rest area with 30-40 bucket trucks headed for Raleigh. They are expected to arrive Thursday. From there they will be dispatched to the hardest hit areas in the Carolinas to help restore...

Kentucky Public Service Commission denies KU and LG&E bid to deploy advanced smart meters

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has rejected a proposal by the Kentucky Utilities Co. and Louisville Gas & Electric. Co. to deploy advanced “smart” meters and associated technology throughout their systems. In an order issued Thursday, the PSC stated that, although it “sees benefits in advanced metering,” the two utilities had “failed to provide sufficient evidence to persuade...

Power in Numbers symposium shines spotlight on opportunity identified in Transfer of Wealth study

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Power in Numbers symposium at the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Training and Education Center in Erlanger Tuesday focused on philanthropy and how a collaborative community effort can capitalize on an emerging opportunity. Joseph Clabes, president of the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative, explains the opportunity identified in the organization’s Transfer...

LG&E and KU deploy resources to Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma landfall to assist restoration efforts

As Florida braces for Hurricane Irma’s landfall, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are answering calls for utility assistance in preparation for recovery from the potentially catastrophic damage the storm could cause. LG&E and KU have coordinated the release of nearly 190 employee and contractor line technicians, team leaders, tree trimmers and additional support...

Natural gas costs will be slightly higher in Kentucky this winter, Public Service Commission says

Kentucky residents who heat their homes with natural gas will see slightly higher prices at the start of the 2016-2017 heating season than they did a year ago, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) advised. Gas prices have risen, on average, about 12 percent from this time last year, but are still about 60 percent below the peak prices reached in 2008. When base rates – which include monthly...

Global Entrepreneurship Week in NKy/Greater Cincinnati connects visionaries with possibilities

By Hannah Purnell Special to KyForward Say you’re an entrepreneur with a million-dollar idea. Maybe you’ve even secured funding to get started, or perhaps your small shop is already up and running at an unexpected pace, prompting you to wonder about the next step. That’s often the biggest question for startups, regardless of where they are in the process. For a long time, the pathway to small...

Making Health Fun: Duke Energy grant lets NKU, schools develop healthy habits game

(Photo from Youth Voices/U.C.Berkeley)   The St. Elizabeth Foundation has received a $50,000 grant from Duke Energy to improve science, technology, engineering and math skills among students while helping them learn better health habits.   Students from the Boone County school system will be paired with Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics students to create a gamification...

Chris Burns: STEM initiatives hold promise
to be among most successful of past 25 years

One the prevailing trends in education is the focus on STEM / STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, art and math).   The attention to those skills permeated out of increased criticism from business leaders, based on students:   1. Lack of overall knowledge of basic academic subjects 2. Lack of soft or real life skills, including: expectations, interaction and teamwork,...

Chris Burns: STEM initiatives hold promise to be among most successful of past 25 years

One the prevailing trends in education is the focus on STEM / STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, art and math).   The attention to those skills permeated out of increased criticism from business leaders, based on students:   1. Lack of overall knowledge of basic academic subjects 2. Lack of soft or real life skills, including: expectations, interaction and teamwork,...

N.Ky. Education Council, region’s businesses collaborate to launch NaviGo Scholars

The Northern Kentucky Education Council has launched NaviGo Scholars, a one-on-one coaching and mentoring program for high school students that engages businesses in the future of these students and responds to business demands for a trained and educated workforce to meet the region’s future needs.   The endeavor represents a unique collaboration involving the leadership of NKYEC, the expertise...

N. Ky. business contributions to local schools add up, advance the Ready by 21 initiative

Staff Report   In Northern Kentucky, a new data collection tool developed by the Forum for Youth Investment has provided insight on the total value of business contributions to local schools.   And the Northern Kentucky Education Council (NKEC) is building on that tool to create a system for measuring the impact of those contributions — and filling gaps.   For years, businesses...

Northern Ky. Chamber plans Girls Day Out with local science, tech, engineering firms

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is currently coordinating STEM Girls Day Out, which will be hosted at various local businesses on June 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is designed to promote STEM careers, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers for young female students from the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati area.   This event, targeting female students from grades...