Regional
5:54 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Utilities Ask For Delay on Power Plants Request

Kentucky Utilities Co. and Louisville Gas and Electric Co. say they want to delay a request to build a natural gas power plant in Muhlenberg County and a solar facility in Mercer County because nine municipal customers plan to cancel their wholesale power contracts with KU.

KU and LG&E say the cancellations are effective in 2019 and total approximately 320 megawatts of load. The companies asked the Kentucky Public Service Commission in January for approval for the two facilities. The companies asked the PSC to delay the case for up to 90 days while it considers the effect of the termination notices.

The companies said the potential loss of the nine customers won't affect service to their remaining 1.2 million customers but could have an effect on the cost to serve the customers in the future.