Energy

4:15pm

Wed August 27, 2014
Energy

Kentucky Awarded Millions from National Science Foundation

Reporters talking with Principal Investigator Rodney Andrews
Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

A statewide effort to further the economy through funding energy research and attracting more students into STEM fields is getting a major financial boost.

Kentucky is one of six jurisdictions chosen to receive a five year research award from the National Science Foundation.

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2:20pm

Mon July 21, 2014
Energy

Kentucky’s First Carbon Capture System Unveiled

Credit Erica Peterson

Kentucky has long been known for coal. But a new project unveiled Monday has the potential to let the commonwealth also be known for coal technology.

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9:57pm

Mon June 2, 2014
Energy

Reaction to New EPA Standards from the Coalfields to the Environmental Community

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    The Kentucky Coal Association is questioning how recently announced EPA rules on emissions will impact climate change worldwide.  Association President Bill Bissett says shuttering all U.S. coal fired electrical plants would only impact three percent of carbon on the planet.  He says countries like India, China, Spain, Germany, and Russia continue to move forward with coal fired power plant production.  "We're not really gonna have an impact on climate change, like the president is wanting, because everyone else is moving toward coal," said Bissett.

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5:45pm

Thu February 13, 2014
Energy

Bill Seeks More Review for Windmill Proposals

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A bill approved Thursday provides for more regulatory review for anyone seeking to start generating power by windmill.  

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6:30am

Fri January 31, 2014
Energy

KU Seeking Approval for Solar Plant

Kentucky Utilities is asking for state approval to build a 36 million dollar solar power plant in central Kentucky.  If K-U’S request is granted by the State Public Service Commission, the facility would be built adjacent to the coal-fired complex already in place at the Burgin plant.  

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6:30pm

Sat November 16, 2013
Energy

Keeping Power Plants in Line with Federal Emission Regs

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Kentucky lawmakers have been briefed on ongoing technological developments to make the state's coal-fired power-plants more in line with new federal emissions standards.  But , the effort may be more about keeping coal a viable source of energy for the state than it is about fixing the environment.

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3:45pm

Tue November 5, 2013
Energy

More Waste Liquids From Drilling May Be Kentucky Bound

If approved by the Coast Guard, shale gas waste water from such storage ponds could be barged down the Ohio River to disposal sites on the Gulf Coast.
Credit Penn State News

The US Coast Guard is seeking public comments on a proposal that would allow barges to transport shale gas wastewater. The wastewater is a byproduct of the drilling process, and it can include both man-made chemicals and naturally occurring heavy metals and radiation. The wastewater is currently stored at drilling sites or transported by truck or train to treatment plants and deep underground wells.

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4:13pm

Thu October 31, 2013
Energy

Natural Gas Prices Going Up in November

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As the days begin to get colder, Kentucky will see higher natural gas prices.  On average, customers who use about ten thousand cubic feet of natural gas, can expect to pay about 19 percent more than last November.  Still, State Public Service Commission Spokesman Andrew Melnykovych says it’s far less than a few years ago.

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5:41pm

Thu October 10, 2013
Energy

Lexingtonians Saving Energy

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Even as its population grows, energy consumption in Lexington is on the decline.  The group `Empower Lexington’ is working for a one percent drop each year in energy consumption.  Amy Sohner, who directs Bluegrass Greensource, says so far, it’s been relatively easy.

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7:13am

Mon September 16, 2013
Energy

Getting the Lights on Sooner

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Kentucky’s largest electric utility is investing millions in technology to help speed up power restoration in the event of an electrical outage.  The new technology comes in the form of computers and mobile capabilities being installed in L-G and E and Kentucky Utilities field trucks.

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11:16am

Fri August 9, 2013
Energy

Kentucky's Coal Jobs Hit Lowest Point Since 1927

Credit Lynch / Benham and Lynch Collection, Southeast Community and Technical College Appalachian

Coal production in both of Kentucky’s coalfields has dropped slightly and employment is at a record low, according to the most recent quarterly report from the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet. The commonwealth produced nearly 20.5 million tons of coal in the second quarter of 2013, which represents a 1.3 percent drop from the first quarter of the year.  Read More...

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5:40pm

Wed July 31, 2013
Energy

Environmentalists Sue Coal's Financiers In Federal Court

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Environmental activists are suing the federal government over the exports of Appalachian coal, saying it approved a $90 million loan guarantee to one company without considering the implications for air and water pollution. The first-of-its-kind lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco says communities near mines, ports and railways that connect them are all affected.

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11:26am

Wed June 5, 2013
Energy

Miners Vow to Fight Patriot, Peabody, Arch

UMWA International President Cecil Roberts, with his hands bound, is lead to a police van after being placed under arrest with 14 union supporters for staging a peaceful sit-down protest in the middle of intersection at First and Main streets following a 90-minute rally.
Credit Mike Lawrence / The Gleaner

Fiery speeches followed by the peaceful, staged arrests of 15 union supporters highlighted a 90-minute rally in Henderson Tuesday morning by the United Mine Workers of America. Retired coal miners from at least seven states, many of whom arrived in a fleet of approximately 30 charter buses, filled the front lawn of the Henderson County Courthouse to protest the move by bankrupt Patriot Coal Corp. to reduce pension and health care benefits. UMWA spokesman Phil Smith estimated the crowd at about 4,000 people. Read more...

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1:33pm

Mon June 3, 2013
Energy

Survey Work Begins on Natural Gas Pipeline across Kentucky

The proposed route of the Bluegrass Pipeline.
Credit Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners.

A proposed natural gas pipeline could cross through up to 18 Kentucky counties. The Bluegrass Pipeline would carry natural gas liquids from drilling operations in Pennsylvania to processing plants on the Gulf Coast. These natural gas liquids—or NGLs—that could travel through the pipe are a byproduct of natural gas drilling, and consist mainly of ethane, propane and butane. They’re common ingredients in products like car bumpers, adhesives and camera lenses. Read more...

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8:47am

Fri May 31, 2013
Energy

Judge Rules Patriot Coal Can Scrap Union Contracts

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judge has ruled that Patriot Coal can cut health care and pension benefits that were promised to coal miners through collective bargaining agreements with the union. Last summer, Patriot Coal filed for bankruptcy. The company is a spinoff that included some Peabody Energy andArch Coal operations in Appalachia, and Patriot said it couldn’t handle the estimated $1.6 billion liability for retiree health care costs it inherited from the other companies. Read more...

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4:41pm

Mon May 20, 2013
Energy

Meeting on Big Sandy closure packs house

Lawrence County resident Gary Allen asked some provoking questions but did not get answers.

Closing the Big Sandy Power plant in Lawrence County would be devastating for area. That's what speaker after speaker said during a Kentucky Public Service Commission public meeting last week at the Lawrence County Community Center. Lawrence Countian Gary Allen asked some provoking questions but did not get answers. But the main question seems to be would you rather pay more for your electricity in order to keep the Big Sandy plant burning coal, or would you rather have cheaper electricity that meets environmental code?  Read more..

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1:37pm

Fri May 17, 2013
Energy

Opponent to power rate increases organize Coalition

Credit Doug Wilson / Environmental Protection Agency

A coalition of western Kentucky businesses and residents has formed in hopes of minimizing the fallout of an electricity rates deal between Big Rivers Electric Co-Op and western Kentucky aluminum smelters.  The coalition is worried the deal will lead to higher utility bills for residents and businesses. 

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12:27pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Energy

KU warns Customers of Phone Bill Scam

Kentucky Utilities Co. is alerting customers of a recent telephone scam asking customers to pay their bills over the phone. The caller claims to be a KU employee and asks for immediate bill payment by credit card or prepaid money card. If the targeted customer does not cooperate, the caller threatens to disconnect the person’s electric service. KU said it will never call and ask for credit or debit card numbers or other personal information. KU has more than a half-million customers across Kentucky. Read more...

11:55am

Tue May 14, 2013
Energy

Shutdown of Coal-fired Power Plant Considered

FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold a meeting today and teleconferences Wednesday to take public comments on the proposal by Kentucky Power Co. to purchase replacement electric-generating capacity in order to retire the Big Sandy generating facility near Louisa. Both the meeting and the teleconference will begin with a presentation by PSC staff on the regulatory processes governing the case and an overview of the Kentucky Power proposal.
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5:00pm

Tue April 30, 2013
Energy

Natural Gas Price Hikes in Pikeville

Natural gas rates are going up for 34-hundred customers in Floyd, Magoffin and Pike counties.  The state Public Service Commission today okayed an immediate rate hike requested by Kentucky Frontier Gas.  Kentucky Frontier Gas runs ten, small natural gas distribution systems.  The increase is designed to create consistent pricing for natural gas throughout the system.  

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4:12pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Energy

Analyst Explains the U.S. Annual Energy Outlook

Credit EIA Annual Energy Outlook

America’s energy mix in 2040 won’t be drastically different from what it is today: a little less coal and oil, a little more natural gas and renewable energy. That’s according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook. Paul Holtberg—the leader of the EIA’s Analysis Integration Team—was in Louisville last week to give a presentation to the local chapter of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics. Here are a few of the key takeaways from Holtberg’s presentation, and from the early release of the EIA’s annual report:

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3:13pm

Fri January 18, 2013
Energy

Energy Trends Discussed

The mix of energy sources used in Kentucky is expected to diversify over the next decade.  Still, an expert on America’s oil and gas industry argues green energy has its limits.  Bernard Weinstein with the Dallas-based Maguire Energy Institute told Lexington Rotarians these energy sources rely too heavily on government subsidies.  “I’m in favor of everything, but I think all energy resources need to be put to the market test.  My gripe with renewables, if you want to call it that, is that we’ve been subsidizing them for 20 years, and they’re still not able to stand on their own,” said Weinstein.

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4:55pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Energy

Electric Vehicles Rolling Out

Lexington has just added an electric car to its fleet.  Also receiving electric vehicles are Louisville, several state agencies and the University of Louisville.  Lexington administrative officer Tracy Thurman says the Chevy Volt is going to the parks department.  “Parks is involved in so many public opportunities to showcase this vehicle and actually have it utilized across Fayette County and to get the exposure for electric vehicles and a greater understanding of how they work and how they could benefit our community,” said Thurman.

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5:49pm

Wed January 2, 2013
Energy

Kentucky Utilities to Pay Millions for Alleged Clean Air Act Violations

Kentucky Utilities will spend $57 million to install updated pollution control equipment and pay civil penalties under the terms of a proposed consent decree. The money will go to installing a sulfuric acid mist emission control system at the company’s Ghent power plant, replace a coal-fired boiler and pay $300,000 in fines to the Environmental Protection Agency.

11:04am

Mon December 24, 2012
Energy

TVA Settlement Funds Energy Efficiency Projects

Thirteen Kentucky organizations will receive grant funding next year under a settlement between the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Environmental Protection Agency for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. The TVA settlement money is meant to go to environmental mitigation projects in the TVA service area. Greg Guess is the director of Kentucky’s Division of Efficiency and Conservation. He says the energy savings that the grant money will facilitate are significant. A portion of the money will go to Fayette County Public Schools to track energy consumption on a real-time basis.

9:39am

Fri December 21, 2012
Energy

Regulators Approve Lower Rate Hike for KU

State regulators on Thursday accepted a settlement that will allow Kentucky Utilities Co. to raise its electric rates. Under the settlement agreement, the average monthly bill for a typical KU residential customer will increase by $5.16 or 5.6 percent, according to the Kentucky Public Service Commission.

4:28pm

Tue December 18, 2012
Energy

Energy Agency Predicts Coal's Short-Term Prospects are Bright Internationally

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In the United States, recent data has shown that coal is losing ground, and is now neck in neck with natural gas in terms of the percentage of electricity generation the country gets from each fuel. Coal use is even diminishing in the southeast, a region that's typically relied on coal-fired power. But that's not indicative of what's happening worldwide, and new research shows coal could even surpass oil as the world's top energy source by 2017.

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3:52pm

Sun December 16, 2012
Energy

TVA Works to Meet Renewable Energy Goals

Tennessee Valley Authority is well on its way toward meeting its renewable energy production goals. The multistate energy provider is in the process of updating its Integrated Resource Plan, which is a guideline for energy production. TVA is idling some of its coal-fired plant capacity. But the overall goal is to create a balanced generation capacity, rather than just reducing coal use, according to Scott Brooks, a spokesman for TVA in Knoxville, Tenn.

2:28pm

Mon December 3, 2012
Energy

First India Coal Shipment Still Delayed

redit Harry Schaefer / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

That deal to export Kentucky coal to India still hasn't been scheduled. The deal was announced in August—an agreement to send up to nine million tons of Appalachian coal to India every year for 25 years. The first shipment was supposed to leave the U.S. in September, but the company responsible for facilitating the transportation says it still hasn’t been scheduled.

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10:18am

Wed November 21, 2012

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