Status of two Kentucky power projects up for Aug. 12 meeting

Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities (KU) on Aug. 4 jointly asked the Kentucky Public Service Commission to extend its abeyance of the procedural schedule in a power project case until after an Aug. 12 informal conference.

On May 5 the commission, at the request of the utilities, had suspended for 90 days its review of a January application for approval of a 700-MW gas-fired project and a 10-MW solar project. The utilities said they needed extra time because some major power customers were looking at leaving the system, putting into doubt the need for this capacity. The Aug. 4 motion didn’t say how that process went.

In this case, the PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) subsidiaries have been seeking certificates of public convenience and necessity for the construction of a 700-MW combined cycle combustion turbine project at the Green River station and a 10-MW solar photovoltaic facility at the E.W. Brown station.

On April 30, Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities filed a motion requesting that the current procedural schedule be held in abeyance for up to 90 days. The applicants stated that on April 21, Kentucky Utilities received notices of termination from nine municipal wholesale customers. Noting that the nine municipal wholesale customers account for over 300 MW of customer demand and that the applicants’ Joint Load Forecast, which was submitted in support of the need of the natural gas combined-cycle and solar facilities proposed in the application, includes customer demand from all of KU’s municipal wholesale customers, the utilities said the requested abeyance period would allow them to analyze the impact of the potential departure of the nine municipal wholesale customers on the need for these new facilities.

The PSC found on May 5 that the applicants established good cause to have the current procedural schedule held in abeyance for a period of 90 days from May 5.

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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.