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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, KU earn EPRI Technology awards for electric vehicle charging stations, Brown Solar

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company was recently honored with two Technology Transfer Awards from the Electric Power Research Institute for its achievements in research and development. Presented annually, EPRI’s Technology Transfer Awards recognize power system leaders and innovators who have helped their companies deliver safe, affordable, reliable, and environmentally...

LG&E and KU Energy announces organizational changes; Staffieri remains as chairman and CEO

LG&E and KU Energy announced a series of organizational changes. Chairman and CEO Victor A. Staffieri maintains responsibility for the overall strategic and financial direction of the company, while providing President and Chief Operating Officer Paul W. Thompson the opportunity to become increasingly involved in the day-to-day activities and fiscal matters of the company. Under the new structure,...

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...

East Kentucky Power Cooperative finalizes purchase of natural gas power plant in LaGrange

East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) yesterday finalized the purchase of a natural gas-fueled power plant in LaGrange, Ky., from Bluegrass Generation Co. LLC. The power plant, located about 20 miles east of Louisville in Oldham County, features three simple-cycle natural gas units with a total net rated winter capacity of 594 megawatts. “This transaction was the result of a year and a half of work...

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...

LG&E, KU seek approval to own and operate electric vehicle charging stations in their service territories

Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities have filed requests with the Kentucky Public Service Commission to allow the companies to own and operate electric vehicle charging stations within their two service territories. KU prototype charging station (KU photo) While the specific locations have not been selected, each utility is requesting approval to place 10 stations in public access...

Warm your loves ones' homes this Valentine’s Day with a HUG – home utility gift certificate

Wondering what to get that special person in your life for Valentine’s Day? Consider a HUG, or home utility gift certificate, from Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company.   A HUG credits the utility account of any LG&E or KU customer. A credit is applied directly to the recipient’s utility account and automatically deducted from the person’s next bill.   HUGs...

Nonprofit agencies around state begin 2015 with $1.7 million through giving campaign

  Local nonprofit organizations will start the New Year assisting more families and residents in need with continued support from employees of Kentucky Utilities Company and Louisville Gas and Electric Company.   Voluntary employee donations and financial support from the LG&E and KU Foundation reached more than $1.7 million during the company’s annual giving campaign this past fall,...

Heat from the Heart: LG&E, KU customers break records assisting neighbors in need

Residential customers across the Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities companies’ service territories stepped up in a big way to help their fellow neighbors, breaking previous heating assistance donation records and helping even more community members this winter.   (Photo from LG&E/KU Facebook) Coupled with the utilities’ year-round donation matches and increased match of...

Heat from the Heart: LG&E, KU customers break records assisting neighbors in need

Residential customers across the Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities companies’ service territories stepped up in a big way to help their fellow neighbors, breaking previous heating assistance donation records and helping even more community members this winter.   (Photo from LG&E/KU Facebook) Coupled with the utilities’ year-round donation matches and increased match of...

KU, LG&E customers set new peak energy demand records; conservation still urged

Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities continue to encourage customers to use energy wisely and voluntarily conserve energy. Customers’ efforts can help reduce demand on the energy system as the state continues to battle some of the coldest temperatures on record.   “Our system is sound and operating as intended because it’s designed with these types of extreme temperatures...

UK’s conservation efforts pay off big time as Kentucky Utilities presents $1M rebate check

By Gail Hairston Special to KyForward   After two years of conservation efforts throughout campus, the payoff came today for University of Kentucky as Kentucky Utilities Co. presented the university with a rebate check of more than $1 million.   Bob Huff, left, of Kentucky Utilities presents UK’s Bob Wiseman with a check for $1 million in energy rebates. (Photo from UKNow) Retrofitting...

KU, LG&E volunteers rolling up their sleeves for utilities' annual Day of Caring activities

Employees and families of Kentucky Utilities Co. and Louisville Gas and Electric Co. will lend a hand to their local communities as part of the utilities’ ninth annual Day of Caring.   Volunteer activities will take place in Lexington, Louisville and Middlesboro this Saturday, June 15, and in Morganfield on June 29.   Day of Caring activities will help 14 nonprofit agencies. (Photo from...