Kentucky Utilities and affiliated company Louisville Gas and Electric announced Monday that they expect to shut down three coal-fired electrical generation plants months ahead of schedule as part of their effort to comply with new federal environmental regulations.
The utilities said the three coal-fired plants at their Cane Run Generating Station in Jefferson County will be shut down in May 2015, eight months earlier than expected. That's because the utilities expect their new natural-gas fired power plant to be built on the same site to be operational at that time.
The utilities previously announced plans to end coal-fired power generation at three of its older plants Cane Run, Green River and Tyrone by the end of 2015. To offset the 800 or so megawatts of generation that is being lost, the companies have received approval from the state Public Service Commission to build a 640-megawatt natural gas combined cycle generation plant at the Cane Run station. The companies intend to shut down the Green River and Tyrone plants by April 2015.