Adam Beam and Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press Updated 10:47 am PDT, Friday, March 15, 2019 In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, photo Democratic state Sen. Robin Webb speaks on the floor of the Kentucky Senate in Frankfort, Ky. The Kentucky legislature finished up most of its work this week, sending at least 119 bills to the governor on Thursday. less In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, photo Democratic state Sen. Robin Webb speaks on the floor of the Kentucky Senate in Frankfort, Ky. The Kentucky legislature finished up most of its work this week, sending at ... more Photo: Adam Beam, AP Photo: Adam Beam, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, photo Democratic state Sen. Robin Webb speaks on the floor of the Kentucky Senate in Frankfort, … [Read more...] about Kentucky lawmakers target solar power, felony expungement
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FRANKFORT, Ky. — Lawmakers in coal-loving Kentucky have approved a bill that could make solar panels less lucrative for residential customers beyond 2020. The House of Representatives voted 71-24 to pass Senate Bill 100 on Friday. It would let the Public Service Commission, a board appointed by the governor, decide how much utility companies must pay to purchase power from people who have solar panels installed on their homes. The state Senate has already passed the bill, but they will have to vote on it again because the House made some changes. If it becomes law, it would take effect Jan. 1, 2020. Anyone who has solar panels installed before then would be exempt from the law for the next 25 years. People with solar panels on their homes sometimes generate more power than they need. When that happens, the utility company buys the power back from them. Customers don't get cash, but a credit toward their power bill. Right now, state law says utility companies must buy that power … [Read more...] about Solar bill passes Kentucky House, heads back to Senate
Frankfort, Ky. - A federal utility board voted Thursday to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, rejecting pleas from President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and handing the coal industry a defeat in its backyard. The Tennessee Valley Authority voted to retire the remaining coal-fired unit by December 2020 at the Paradise Fossil Plant along the Green River in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. The decision could put 131 people out of work and will affect an additional 135 people who work in nearby coal mines that supply the plant, including one owned by a major Trump campaign donor.The board also voted to close the Bull Run Fossil Plant near Oak Ridge, Tennessee, by December 2023."It is not about coal. This decision is about economics," TVA CEO Bill Johnson said. "It's about keeping rates as low as feasible."The decision continues the TVA's trend of retiring its aging coal-fired power plants in favor of cheaper and cleaner energy sources, including … [Read more...] about TVA to close Kentucky coal-fired power plant, despite Trump’s plea
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Feb. 14, 2019, 6:12 PM GMT By Phil McCausland An independent federal agency announced that it would close two coal plants, including one that buys its fuel from one of President Donald Trump's campaign contributors, despite puBlic pressure from the president to keep it open. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) said Thursday that it had decided to close two outdated coal plants over the next few years, including one in Kentucky that bought much of its fuel from Murray Energy. That company is owned by Robert Murray, a generous supporter of the president. The board met Thursday to discuss the potential shuttering of the plants that are 50 years old after a series of TVA assessments deemed them to be obsolescent and wasteful of energy. The agency said earlier in the week that the facilities produced a steady, inflexible amount of power and … [Read more...] about Despite pressure from Trump, coal-fueled power plants to shutter in Kentucky, Tennessee
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