LG&E to Build Natural Gas Plant in Muhlenberg County

By Associated Press | 

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — The state's largest electric utility is planning to build a new western Kentucky generating plant powered by natural gas.

The $700 million plant proposed by Louisville Gas and Electric will be built in Muhlenberg County. The company also says a new 10-megawatt solar facility will be built at one of the company's existing power plants.

The Gleaner in Henderson reports that the announcement of the natural gas plant is unwelcome news for a western Kentucky utility that is looking to sell surplus power to LG&E and other utilities. Big Rivers Electric Corp. will soon be losing two of its biggest power consumers — two aluminum smelters in Hawesville and Sebree. The departure of the smelters as customers will leave the utility with plenty of excess power to sell.

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