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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...

Utilities unite to protect customers from scams; event raises consumer awareness, offers advice

Wednesday marked the fifth annual Utility Scam Awareness Day when Louisville Gas and Electric Company, Kentucky Utilities Company and Old Dominion Power Company joined more than 145 fellow U.S. and Canadian utilities 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...

Lower fuel costs help hold down LG&E and KU energy bills; natural gas costs lowest in 25 years

Customers concerned about increases in their energy bills can take solace in the fact that lower natural gas commodity costs are helping hold bills down. In fact, Louisville Gas and Electric Company’s natural gas customers could potentially see their overall bill decrease 8 percent beginning in May. At the end of March, LG&E filed its quarterly gas supply clause (GSC) with Kentucky Public Service...

LG&E and KU to supply additional 100 megawatts of solar power to Kentucky customers

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company has filed with the Kentucky Public Service Commission for approval of three contracts that could mean one giant step forward for solar energy generation in Kentucky, with construction of the largest solar array in the Bluegrass. The filing consists of two separate renewable power agreements with two of the utilities’ largest industrial...

New LG&E/KU Marketplace offers consumers energy-wise information, purchases ahead of holidays

Just ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a new resource offers consumers help in making decisions and purchases through the holidays and year ‘round. Recently launched by Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, the new “LG&E and KU Marketplace” provides a one-stop-shop for those looking for energy-smart buys on a variety of different items. Created...

LG&E-KU offer seasonal reminders for consumers to stay safe, comfortable as temperatures go lower

With colder temperatures and winter weather on the way, 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...

KU, LG&E employees pitch in to generate more than $2 million for nonprofits across Commonwealth

Providing programs and services to assist vulnerable residents in communities requires generating enough funds to keep those programs and services running. Employees of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are pitching in to help provide those much-needed dollars for nonprofit agencies and organizations across the utilities’ service territories. Coupled with financial...

‘Plant for the Planet’ grant applications open for LG&E/KU program, matching grants for tree plantings

Applications are 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 and...

LG&E, Kentucky Utilities Company making system-wide enhancements to further improve service

Most folks don’t realize the convenience of their natural gas and electric service until it’s not there. Fortunately, customers of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company have continued to experience safer, more reliable service thanks to additional improvements in the companies’ energy infrastructure. Overall, from January 2018 to October 2019, LG&E and KU are...

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...

LG&E, KU announce coal combustion residual dry storage projects ahead of schedule, under budget

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are pleased to announce they are currently on track to fully convert next year to dry storage for coal combustion residuals — eliminating the use of ash ponds and other storage impoundments at their four coal-fired power plants. LG&E and KU first launched plans to convert to dry storage about a decade ago, before the EPA’s...

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 reach unanimous settlement to deliver nearly $180 million in tax savings to customers

Customers of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company will begin to see the financial benefits associated with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act beginning in March. The two utilities announced today that they will file a unanimous settlement agreement with the Kentucky Public Service Commission requesting approval to return tax savings to customers this spring. If approved by the...

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, KU to seek PSC approval to install 1.3 million advanced meters in all service territories

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company announced today that, after months of meetings with representatives of customer groups, they plan to ask the Kentucky Public Service Commission for approval of a “Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity” to install 1.3 million advanced meters across the utilities’ service territories. Advanced meters offer customers near-real-time...

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...

Customer participation in efficiency programs helps LG&E, KU meet energy conservation goals

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company announced Wednesday that they have been able to offset roughly the same amount of energy that equates to building a new power plant. The savings were largely the result of customers embracing the utilities’ energy efficiency programs LG&E and KU set a goal in 2008 of saving approximately 500 megawatts of capacity and, to date...

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...

Kentucky Utilities announces plans to retire two of company’s oldest coal-fired power generators

Kentucky Utilities Company announced on Tuesday the combination of stricter environmental regulations and customers’ embracing energy-efficiency measures will enable the utilities to retire two of the company’s oldest coal-fired units. In making its decision, KU analyzed a number of alternatives for meeting the anticipated stricter Environmental Protection Agency regulations, including the Coal...