Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities Company (KU) have received approval from the Kentucky Public Service Commission (KPSC) to cap and close the remaining coal ash ponds at the utility’s active and retired power plants. The plan is part of an effort to meet federal environmental regulations.
While the commission did not approve the entire unanimous settlement agreement reached in June between all parties, the ruling does allow the utilities to invest nearly $1 billion to meet environmental regulations, including the EPA’s Coal Combustion Residuals rule (CCR) that became effective late last year.
KU and LG&E filed projects, with an estimated cost of $678 million and $316 million respectively, mainly for the capping and closure of the utilities’ surface impoundments.
“The decision by the commission today allows us to move forward with our investments to protect the environment, including closing the ponds,” said Robert Conroy, LG&E and KU vice president of State Regulation and Rates.
The agreement also allows for construction of Phase II of the E.W. Brown landfill and to construct new process water treatment facilities at Ghent, E.W. Brown, Trimble County, and Mill Creek power plants.