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LG&E Announces Environmental Upgrades to Mill Creek Facility
Thursday November 29, 2012
Mayor Greg Fischer joined other state and local officials today to outline nearly $940 million in environmental upgrades that are beginning at the Mill Creek Generating Station in southwestern Jefferson County.
At a press conference, Fischer joined Representative Jim Gooch, chair of the Natural Resources and Environment Committee Kentucky House of Representatives; Secretary of Energy and Environment Len Peters; Allison Martin, chief of staff for the Kentucky Attorney General; and company officials, LG&E and KU in announcing that the largest of the utilities’ environmental upgrades at Mill Creek are about to begin and their contractor, Zachry Industrial Inc., will open their Mill Creek hiring office on Dec. 3.
“This is a large leap forward for LG&E and for our city, as it will help improve our air while also using the latest technology – and creating nearly 700 jobs in the process,” Fischer said. “Even though the jobless rate is dropping, many of our citizens still needs jobs so we’re excited that this important work, and the hiring for it, will begin quickly.”
The Kentucky Public Service Commission requires state utilities like LG&E and KU to produce energy at the lowest-cost for customers. Coal has historically been the least-cost method to generate electricity. However, that is not always the case due to the stricter EPA regulations. Mill Creek, along with Ghent, Brown 3 and Trimble County 1 generating stations, will be upgraded with modern technology ensuring LG&E and KU continue to use Illinois Basin coal to provide low cost and reliable electricity to Kentucky residential, commercial and Industrial customers.
The new equipment, which includes scrubbers on all four units at Mill Creek, will further increase the station’s ability to control sulfur dioxide emissions from current levels (around 90 percent) to a more than 98 percent removal rate. In addition, new fabric filter baghouse technologies will be installed on all four units to remove mercury and fine particulates. The upgrades are expected to be completed by 2016.