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LG&E and KU crews continue to offer support to fellow utilities during unprecedented year

When Mother Nature packs a punch, leaving downed power lines and damaged equipment in the wake, utilities – including Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company – are among the first stepping forward to assist communities and fellow utility partners in need. In a record-setting year, more than 1,200 LG&E and KU employees and resident contractors have responded to support...

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...

KU, LG&E provide boost to renewable energy in Kentucky with opening of Simpsonville solar facility

Kentucky’s renewable energy portfolio got another boost this week as LG&E and KU officially cut the ribbon on the utilities’ new solar facility in Simpsonville Wednesday. Located just off Interstate 64, one mile west of exit 28, construction of the first 500-kilowatt section of LG&E and KU’s Solar Share Program began earlier this year thanks to founding partner Ford Motor Company and...

KU, LG&E offer tips to help homeowners prepare to minimize energy use when summer temps max out

Weather may still be fairly mild, but with summer’s official arrival upon us, it’s not too early to begin putting plans in motion to help keep energy use down during the warmest months of the year. Though managing energy consumption can sound like a tall task, it only takes following a few simple tips to make a difference that can lower usage and energy bills as well. If you’re wondering where...

Russell Cave students ‘Touch a Vehicle’ for an interactive Career Day with community professionals

By Tammy Lane Fayette County Schools The fire truck, ambulance, police car, and news crew created quite a stir outside Russell Cave Elementary, but the excitement was all in fun as students and staff welcomed more than a dozen community professionals for the school’s “Touch a Vehicle” Career Day. “They’re still trying to figure out what ‘career’ means. It’s hard for them to understand...

KU, LG&E celebrate solar share program milestone with construction of first section of solar facility

Customers participating in LG&E and KU’s Solar Share Program are celebrating a major milestone as the utilities announce construction has officially begun on the first 500-kilowatt section of its new solar facility.  “Our customers who are participating in our Solar Share Program are a part of something very special for our community,” said Beth McFarland, LG&E and KU vice president–Customer...

LG&E, KU offers assistance to customers, including furloughed government workers, on energy bills

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are committed to assisting customers who may be having difficulty managing their energy bills. With the current government shutdown, the utilities are reminding all customers, including those who are furloughed government employees, of the companies’ energy bill assistance options.   “We know that customers want to be comfortable...

LG&E, KU to double donations to third party assistance programs for customers in need

With prolonged periods of sub-freezing temperatures this winter, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company will be doubling their annual support, matching $2 for every $1 donated by residential customers, to the utilities’ third-party heating assistance programs. This increased assistance will retroactively take effect starting February 1 and will continue through April 30....

LG&E and KU offer helpful winter season reminders to help area residents stay safe and warm

With continued cold temperatures across the region, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are offering a few seasonal reminders to help area residents stay safe and comfortable in their homes. • Keep warm air in and cold air out – Ensure heating systems are operating efficiently. Seal leaks and gaps around the home with caulk, spray foam or weather-stripping. Make sure...

KU, LG&E install new charging station in Midway to enhance accessibility for electric vehicle drivers

Located in horse and bourbon country between Lexington and Louisville, not far from the capital and less than a mile off of Interstate 64 in Midway is a passing point for travelers on their way to any number of destinations. The town is now bridging the gap in a new way – partnering with Kentucky Utilities to install a new charging station for electric vehicle drivers looking to power up. Midway...

Frost Brown Todd’s Crockett to join LG&E, KU senior team as O’Brien announces February retirement

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company announced today that John R. Crockett III, chairman of Frost Brown Todd, will join the utilities in early January as general counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary. The company also announced that Dorothy O’Brien, who has been serving as interim general counsel, will stay on until the end of February to ensure...

LG&E, KU among more than 100 utilities marking week-long utility scam awareness campaign

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are proud to stand with more than 100 U.S. and Canadian utilities to expose the tactics scammers use when attempting to steal money from utility customers and to educate customers on how to protect themselves. The awareness efforts are part of LG&E and KU’s participation in Utilities United Against Scams (UUAS), a consortium...

LG&E, KU’s ‘Plant for the Planet’ grants to fund tree-plantings by nonprofit, government entities

Applications will soon begin being accepted for “Plant for the Planet” grants from Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company. The grants fund qualified tree-plantings by nonprofit or government entities. The Plant for the Planet grant program awards matching grants in amounts of $500 to $5,000 to organizations with a history of successful tree plantings in the LG&E...

LG&E and KU encourage community to plan ahead during National Preparedness Month

With the recent damage and upheaval caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma throughout parts of the U.S., we’re reminded how devastating natural disasters can be and how quickly they can strip us of some of our most basic resources. To ensure the best chance possible of weathering through disasters, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are encouraging area residents to...

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...

KU, LG&E earn top two spots in J.D. Power survey of residential customer satisfaction in Midwest region

According to newly released survey results, Kentucky Utilities Company and Louisville Gas and Electric Company have earned the top two rankings for residential customer satisfaction among utilities in the Midwest Mid-size region. The survey was conducted by global market research company J.D. Power. The research company’s 2017 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study ranks KU first...

Local arts projects can double funds raised through partnership with ArtsMatch through June

A Fund for the Arts selections committee has chosen 16 arts-based projects for the second cycle of its ArtsMatch crowdfunding program, which provides an opportunity for cultural providers to more effectively raise project funding. From now until June 30, 2017, the selected groups will raise funds using the ArtsMatch platform, which will help the selected projects reach new audiences and invest in...

LG&E and KU ramp up efforts to protect customers from utility scams

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are joining forces with gas and electric utilities across the U.S. and Canada to educate customers about scams. The industry group is designating Wednesday, Nov. 16 “Utilities United Against Scams Day” and plans to support it with a week-long informational campaign exposing some of the tricks scammers use to target utility customers...

Kentucky’s largest universal solar facility should be able to power 1,500 homes when operational in June

While the sun may not always shine brightly on our old Kentucky home, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company expect it will provide enough light for their new solar plant to power about 1,500 homes and give the utilities insights into commercial-scale solar technology. Utility officials were joined earlier this week by Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, Kentucky Energy and Environment...

PSC declines KU/LG&E expansion of landfills, Sterling Ventures’ request to fill underground mine

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has affirmed its earlier approval of combustion waste landfills at power plants operated by the state’s two largest electric utilities, despite sharp increases in the cost of the facilities. But the PSC, in an order issued Tuesday, declined requests by Kentucky Utilities Co. (KU) and Louisville Gas & Electric Co. (LG&E) to extend that approval...