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Utilities reminding Kentuckians to be aware of increase in scam activity during the pandemic

Louisville Gas and Electric Company, Kentucky Utilities Company and Old Dominion Power Company have joined more than 145 fellow U.S. and Canadian utilities last month for the fifth annual Utility Scam Awareness Day to raise consumer awareness on how to recognize scams and offer advice to avoid them. These efforts have become more important this year during the pandemic, as reports of scams have risen...

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...

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 and KU urging customers to remain vigilant as waters continue to rise, offer flood safety information

With increased flooding conditions across the region, LG&E and KU are on alert and monitoring areas within the utilities’ service territories and that run along the Ohio River. The utilities are following the river forecast and are prepared to modify service, as needed, to ensure the safety of customers within flooded areas, the general public and our crews in the field. Customers are urged...

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...

KG&E, Kentucky Utilities join Utilities United Against Scams to remind consumers to scammers’ tactics

As a member of the award-winning Utilities United Against Scams, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are continuing efforts to remind consumers of the tactics scammers use to steal money and to educate consumers on how they can guard against falling victim to impostor utility scams.   UUAS, a consortium of more than 100 U.S. and Canadian electric, water, and natural...

Live webcam gives viewers front row seat as young peregrine falcons prepare to take flight

Before diving at speeds of 200 miles per hour and fulfilling the title of “World’s Fastest Flying Birds,” four peregrine falcons nesting in Louisville will spend the next several weeks learning to fly. And, webcam viewers will have a live front row seat. The webcam’s installed through a partnership with Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and located inside the peregrine falcon...

PSC says LG&E Louisville franchise fees should be passed through to customers as line Item on Bills

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC), in a case involving Louisville Gas and Electric Co. (LG&E) and Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government, has reiterated a decades-old policy that utility franchise fees imposed by local governments should be passed through to customers and listed as a separate line item on those customers’ utility bills. “The practical effect of franchise fees...

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...

LG&E and KU Energy chairman and CEO Victor Staffieri announces retirement effective March 8

Long-time leader of LG&E and KU Energy, Victor A. Staffieri, announced Monday that he plans to retire March 8 as chairman and CEO of the state’s largest utility. Paul Thompson, who was named president and chief operating officer in January 2017, will succeed Staffieri. Staffieri, who has been in LG&E and KU’s top role since 2001, has been directly involved in the strategic transformation...

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, EKPC boost power grid resilience utilities by joining equipment sharing program

To help restore electric service to communities after catastrophic emergencies or significant natural events, 28 utilities – including Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company (LG&E and KU) and East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) – have now committed to participate in the RESTORE program, which establishes a proactive approach to providing critical equipment for...

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...