Environment
1:13 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Kentucky Coal Plant's Upgrade to Create 700 Jobs

State leaders say a nearly $1 billion project to update pollution controls at a massive Louisville power plant will be a boost for Kentucky's coal industry. The upgrades at LG&E's Mill Creek Generating Station in southwestern Jefferson County are expected to add about 700 construction jobs. They will also allow the 1,400-megawatt plant to continue to burn coal by meeting stricter federal air regulations that go in force in 2016.

LG&E's Mill Creek Generating Station
LG&E's Mill Creek Generating Station

Kentucky's top energy official, Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters, says the $940 million upgrade shows power plants "can use coal in an environmentally conscious manner."

Officials say the coal that feeds the plant comes mostly from western Kentucky mines.

LG&E says the upgrades will remove 98 percent of the sulfur dioxide from the plant's emissions.