Natural Gas Plant in Western Ky. Canceled

By Associated Press | 

CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric have announced that plans for a natural gas power-generating plant in western Kentucky won't go forward.

The Messenger-Inquirer reports the utilities announced on Tuesday that they were pulling out of the venture planned in Muhlenberg County, but said they intend to keep pursing a solar generating facility.

A statement from the companies said the move came after nine municipal utility customers gave notice that they intend to terminate wholesale power contracts with KU in 2019.

Muhlenberg County Judge-Executive Rick Newman was disappointed. He said the jobs would have made up for the job losses expected at a coal-fired power plant that is slated to close.

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