Mill Creek improvements expected to create nearly 700 construction jobs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 29, 2012) — With nearly $940 million in environmental upgrades beginning at the Mill Creek Generating Station in southwestern Jefferson County, LG&E and KU along with state and local officials reiterated today their commitment to clean coal and low-cost energy.
In a press conference that featured Mayor Greg Fischer; Rep. Jim Gooch, chair of the Natural Resources and Environment Committee Kentucky House of Representatives; Len Peters, secretary of Energy and Environment; Allison Martin, chief of staff for the Kentucky Attorney General; and company officials, LG&E and KU announced that the largest of the utilities’ environmental upgrades at Mill Creek are about to begin and their contractor, Zachry Industrial Inc., will open the 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 700 jobs in the process,” Fischer said.
“Clean coal technology investments such as these help secure jobs for the miners in Kentucky, and create economic development opportunities for the commonwealth,” Peters said.
The Kentucky Public Service Commission requires state utilities such as 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 because of stricter EPA regulations, LG&E and KU said.
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. 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.