Frankfort, KY: During a press conference today, Governor Ernie Fletcher and Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Gene Strong, along with officials of LG&E Energy LLC announced the company’s plans to build a new $1.2 billion advanced super critical coal-fired power plant at the existing generating station located in Trimble County.
The new unit will consist of one advanced super critical coal boiler, associated control equipment and new fly ash handling equipment having a nominal power output of 750 megawatts. Current plans call for construction to begin during 2006 and conclude by spring 2010. During the four-year construction phase, it’s expected that an average of 600 to 700 construction jobs will be created. At the peak of construction, approximately 1,100 to 1,200 construction workers will be needed. Additionally, 35 permanent, full-time employees will be required to run the plant once it’s completed.
Governor Fletcher and Secretary Strong met with officials from E.ON AG, LG&E Energy’s parent company in Düsseldorf, Germany, while on their economic development trip this past September.
“Economic development is the highest priority of my administration. An expansion as tremendous as the LG&E Energy expansion in Trimble County means many families in that community will be able to improve their livelihood,” said Governor Fletcher. “At the same time, the new unit will ensure that thousands of customers will continue to enjoy dependable energy.”
“The expansion of our Trimble County plant is vital for us to continue to provide the reliable service our customers have come to expect,” said Victor A. Staffieri, LG&E Energy Chairman, CEO and President. “This new plant is slated to have the most technologically advanced equipment and when completed, it will be the cleanest plant of its kind in Kentucky.”
One of the U.S.'s lowest-cost energy providers and an industry innovator, LG&E Energy operates in domestic and international markets from its U.S. headquarters in Louisville. LG&E Energy owns and operates Louisville Gas and Electric Company, a regulated utility that serves 312,000 natural gas and 384,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties, and Kentucky Utilities Company, a regulated electric utility in Lexington, Ky., that serves 512,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties and five counties in Virginia.