Category Archives: energy crisis

Feds ask court to close Pikeville mine

After a record of serious violations, the U.S. Labor Department wants to shut down a Massey Energy Co. coal mine located in Pikeville, Ky., until it corrects the problems. This marks the first time that the federal government has moved to close a mine believed to be unsafe. From NPR: In filing for a preliminary […]

PSC denies Conway’s request to dismiss LG&E and KU rate hikes

The Kentucky Public Service Commission denied a request made by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway to halt consideration of rate increases being sought by Louisville Gas & Electric Co. and its sister company, Kentucky Utilities. The commission’s ruling means that today’s hearing in the rate cases will proceed as scheduled. Last week, the attorney general […]

Conway files motion to dismiss LG&E and KU rate hikes

Attorney General Jack Conway has filed a motion to dismiss the pending rate increase requests made by Louisville Gas and Electric and its sister company Kentucky Utilities, because the utilities are being sold. Earlier this year, the German-based E.On AG announced it was selling the utility companies to Allentown, Pa.-based PPL Corporation in a deal […]

PPL Corporation to acquire E.ON U.S.

German power company E.ON AG has finalized a definitive agreement selling its Louisville-based U.S. unit to PPL Corporation, will acquire the parent company of Kentucky‘s two major utilities, Louisville Gas & Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company. The deal was valued at $7.625 billion, and gives the Pennsylvania based power company 1.2 million new customers. […]

Former Mayor Dave Armstrong endorses Fischer

Joined by members of the Sierra Club and other environmental advocates at the historic 300-acre Farnsley-Moremen House, Democratic mayoral candidate Greg Fischer unveiled his comprehensive energy plan this morning. The Democratic primary frontrunner also received an endorsement from Kentucky Public Service Commission chairman and former Louisville Mayor Dave Armstrong, who served in the position before […]

Lunchbox: Blame Bunning

Lead blocker: Everything from federal road construction to financial plans for the Ohio River Bridges Project is being blamed on U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning’s stubborn one-man filibuster over extending unemployment benefits. And because of his strained relationship with Republican leadership (read: U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell), Bunning’s obstructionism could cost the GOP, which is already troubled […]

Calls for Obama to be mindful of coal country

Nearly 60 grassroots organizations and national groups have joined together to urge President-elect Barack Obama to think about communities affected by the coal industry when selecting appointees for key positions. The groups are opposed to Obama appointing candidates who have called for decreased regulation under the Bush administration, noting that for the safety of those […]

Lunchbox: Get yr green on

Bluegrass going green: Gov. Beshear’s office announced this morning that the state has joined The Climate Registry, a nonprofit group trying to normalize the measuring of greenhouse gases. According to the agreement, which Page One has here, the state will help develop a common method for measuring the harmful emissions and submit KY’s emissions regularly […]

Candidates on mountaintop removal mining

In case you missed it, Jim Bruggers at the CJ has a nice overview of the Kentucky congressional candidates’ views on mountaintop removal mining, “clean coal” technology, etc. Predictably, McConnell and Lunsford are pretty lame with their answers, as is Northup; Yarmuth, on the other hand, appears to at least understand some of the attendant […]

Buy a bicycle

Maybe bemoaning the price at the pump has become hackneyed, but after seeing $4.39 in Chicago this weekend it’s worth a shout. According to AAA spokesperson, Roger Boyd, today’s average for a gallon of gas in ‘Possibility City’ is at $3.97! One bronze Abe Lincoln short of the national average, which at $3.98 is the […]