Three coal-fired power plants to be replaced by natural gas

Louisville Gas & Electric Co. said in filings with the Kentucky Public Service Commission that it plans to replace its 618 MW Cane Run coal-fired power plant with a 640 MW natural gas-fired plant by 2016.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported the new plant would be built at the site of the 57-year-old coal plant.

LGE and Kentucky Utilities reportedly also said they are asking the commission to approve the purchase of Bluegrass Generation Co’s 495 MW natural gas-fired power plant to replace the Green River and Tyrone coal-fired power plants. The Tyrone plant has already been shuttered.

The companies said they are shutting down the older plants to comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules.

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