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February 8, 2018

Climate change pushes LG&E's parent company to slash coal-burning in Kentucky

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The Courier Journal – The parent of Kentucky's two large utilities – LG&E and KU – has ordered a major reduction in emissions blamed for global warming by eliminating "the bulk" of its coal-burning in the coming years. 

Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities have already been shutting down some of its electricity production from coal by retiring decades-old burners. But now, Pennsylvania-based PPL Corp. has set a new goal of cutting its heat-trapping gas emissions 70 percent by 2050, shifting toward cleaner natural gas and renewable energy, PPL said in a news release.

The announcement comes as LG&E and KU Energy are locked in a battle in Frankfort with solar power advocates over the future of solar power in the state.

"As the world considers climate change and as PPL looks to the future, we will continue to take steps to minimize our impact on the environment, transform the way we generate electricity and incorporate new, lower-emitting technology," said William H. Spence, chairman, president and chief executive officer for PPL Corporation, in a news release.

Read more at The Courier Journal.

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