Greenville city administrator Ben Van Hooser said he was ‘shocked’ and ‘disappointed’ by Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities withdrawal of an application for a planned natural gas plant in Muhlenberg County.
In a statement, utility officials say the withdraw follows nine municipalities ending their contract with KU in 2019. LG&E and KU filed a request with the state Public Service Commission to build a 700-megawatt natural gas facility back in January. The utility asked for a 90-day delay in May to study the impacts of the nine municipalities ending their contracts.
Van Hooser said the change will eliminate the potential for hundreds of construction jobs and dozens of permanent jobs. He said the existing plant will now likely close by 2017 or 2018.