Kentucky PSC approves pared down case for solar project

The Kentucky Public Service Commission on Aug. 29 officially approved Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities to withdraw their application for a 700-MW gas plant, but to keep the same docket open for review of a 10-MW solar project.

On Aug. 22, Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities submitted a formal notice of their withdrawal of that part of their Jan. 17 joint application requesting approval of a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the construction of a 700-MW natural gas combined-cycle combustion turbine unit at the Green River Generating Station.

But the utilities said this does not impact a companion request for a certificate to construct a 10-MW solar photovoltaic facility at the E.W. Brown Generating Station. They requested that the review and investigation of the revised application be resumed in accordance with a prior proposed procedural schedule.

The commission on Aug. 29 agreed to that request. The schedule from here for the solar project includes a Sept. 4 informal conference, an Oct. 3 deadline for intervenor testimony and a Nov. 19 deadline for utility rebuttal testimony.

The utilities dropped the Green River gas project because nine municipal wholesale customers provided notices earlier this year to terminate their respective wholesale contracts as of 2019, which means the utilities will need less generating capacity at that point than they thought.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.