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PSC allows more time for net metering comments from customers; public hearing postponed to Nov. 13

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has extended the time for comments on the implementation of a recent law that will change the way in which Kentucky electric utility customers receive credit for electricity they generate from solar panels and other renewable sources. In an order issued last week, the PSC granted a request by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth to allow more time for comments...

Jim Gooch: Clearing up misconceptions about HB 227 and Kentucky’s net metering law

As chairman of the Kentucky House of Representatives Energy and Natural Resources Committee for more than 19 years, I have seen both the highs and lows of energy policy in Kentucky. I chaired the committee when coal production was at its all-time peak in Kentucky, and I fought the federal government as it tried to take down one of Kentucky’s signature industries. Electricity rates in Kentucky have...

EKU graduate, College of Science combine for program to fund solar panels, scholarships

Aided by a visionary graduate who retired from a successful career in research and development with Procter and Gamble, an effort is underway at Eastern Kentucky University to provide “Photons for the Future.” By literally “plugging into” a drive to install solar panels at EKU’s new Science Building and elsewhere around campus, alumni and friends can help the University on its path to energy...

Big Rivers Electric solar energy projects granted approval by state Public Service Commission

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a proposal by Big Rivers Electric Corp. to build seven small solar power facilities across its service territory. In its application to the PSC, Big Rivers said the facilities would be used to test how well solar power can be integrated into the utility’s grid and also would serve to educate the public about solar energy. The PSC, in an order...

L’Oréal USA releases details of large-scale solar project at Florence manufacturing facility

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward L’Oréal USA announced it will exceed its carbon emission reduction goals and build two large-scale solar projects at the company’s manufacturing facilities in Florence and in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The projects are part of the company’s global sustainability strategy Sharing Beauty with All. The two projects – among the largest in each state –...

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...