E.ON U.S., a subsidiary of E.ON, owns and operates Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E), "a regulated utility that serves 318,000 natural gas and 390,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties", and Kentucky Utilities Company (KU), a regulated electric utility in Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.A., that serves 518,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties and five counties in Virginia." Louisville Gas and Electric Company and the Kentucky Utilities Company have, according to E.ON U.S., "a joint generation capacity of 7,600 MW" [megawatts].
E.ON U.S. also owns Western Kentucky Energy Corporation, which until July 2009 had been leasing and operating five coal-fired plants owned by Big Rivers Electric Corporation in Western Kentucky.  E.ON U.S. also has shareholdings in three Argentinian gas distribution companies.
Existing Coal Plants
E.ON U.S. owns several coal-fired power stations operated by its subsidiaries LG&E and KU:
|Cane Run Station||KY||1962, 1966, 1969||645 MW|
|Mill Creek Station||KY||1972, 1974, 1978, 1982||1,717 MW|
|Trimble County Generating Station||KY||1990, 2011||1,316 MW|
|Roanoke Valley Energy Facility||NC||1994, 1995||240 MW|
|E.W. Brown Generating Station||KY||1957, 1963, 1971||739 MW|
|Ghent Generating Station||KY||1974, 1977, 1981, 1984||2,226 MW|
|Green River Generating Station||KY||1954, 1959||189 MW|
|Tyrone Generating Station||KY||1953||75 MW|
Proposed Coal Plants
- Trimble County Generating Station 2, a proposed new plant at the existing Trimble County Generating Station. (Operating 2011)
- FutureGen, a proposed 275 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Mattoon, Illinois which would trial the use of Carbon Capture and Storage technology. The plant is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and 11 coal and energy companies, including E.ON.
E.ON US is a member of:
E.ON U.S. spent $90,000 on the services of the C2 Group, LLC, in 2008. C2 lobbyists working on the account were G. Hunter Bates, John Cline, Thomas Crawford, Lesley Elliott, Michael Hanson and Nelson Litterst.
E.ON is a member of the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA), an umbrella lobbying group for all coal ash interests that includes major coal burners Duke Energy, Southern Company and American Electric Power as well as dozens of other companies. The group argues that the so-called "beneficial-use industry" would be eliminated if a "hazardous" designation was given for coal ash waste.
E.ON makes EPA list of 44 "high hazard" coal ash dumps
In response to demands from environmentalists as well as Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California), chair of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, the EPA made public a list of 44 "high hazard potential" coal waste dumps. The rating applies to sites at which a dam failure would most likely cause loss of human life, but does not include an assessment of the likelihood of such an event. Kentucky has 6 sites, all of which are owned by E.ON subsidiaries.
|Company||Facility Name||Unit Name||Location|
|E.ON-owned Kentucky Utilities Company||E.W. Brown Generating Station||Auxiliary Pond||Harrodsburg, KY|
|E.ON-owned Kentucky Utilities Company||E.W. Brown Generating Station||Ash Pond||Harrodsburg, KY|
|E.ON-owned Kentucky Utilities Company||Ghent Generating Station||Gypsum Stacking Facility||Ghent, KY|
|E.ON-owned Kentucky Utilities Company||Ghent Generating Station||Ash Pond Basin 1||Ghent, KY|
|E.ON-owned Kentucky Utilities Company||Ghent Generating Station||Ash Pond Basin 2||Ghent, KY|
|E.ON-owned Louisville Gas & Electric Co||Cane Run Station||Ash Pond||Louisville, KY|
Articles and resources
Related SourceWatch Articles
- "About E.ON U.S.", E.ON U.S. website, accessed June 2009.
- "Company Profile", E.ON U.S. website, accessed June 2009.
- "Unwind of lease agreements completed between Big Rivers, E.ON U.S." Big Rivers Website, July 16, 2009.
- American Coal Council, "Coal Consumers", American Coal Council website, accessed June 2009.
- American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, "ACCCE Members", American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity website, accessed June 2009.
- "E. On U.S", Center for Public Integrity, accessed September 2009.
- "E.On Climate and Renewables", Center for Public Integrity, accessed September 2009.
- Coal-Fired Utilities to American Public: Kiss my Ash DeSmogBlog.com & PolluterWatch, October 27, 2010.
- Shaila Dewan, "E.P.A. Lists ‘High Hazard’ Coal Ash Dumps," New York Times, June 30, 2009.
- Fact Sheet: Coal Combustion Residues (CCR) - Surface Impoundments with High Hazard Potential Ratings, Environmental Protection Agency, June 2009.
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