New natural gas-fired, solar energy projects planned for Kentucky

Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities plan to build a second natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plant and a solar power plant.

LG&E and KU previously announced they are retiring 800 MW of coal-fired generation at three power plants and building a 640 MW combined-cycle power plant at the Cane Run site. A request for proposals was issued in September 2012 to address the remaining lost generation and long-term load growth.

Plans call for a new 700 MW plant at the Green River site that could cost $700 million to build. Additionally, the companies are looking to build a 10 MW solar project at one of its existing generating stations for approximately $25 million.

The utilities plan to file the certificate of public convenience and necessity for the projects with the Kentucky Public Service Commission before the end of the year. The gas-fired project is expected to be online by 2018, with the solar project entering service in 2016.

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