Natural Gas http://wkms.org en Natural Gas Companies Brief Lawmakers On Industry's Future http://wkms.org/post/natural-gas-companies-brief-lawmakers-industrys-future <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of the Kentucky interim joint committee on natural resources and the environment and a special energy subcommittee got an update&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;on where natural gas is, and where it could head, in Kentucky.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican State Senator Jared Carpenter is chair of both committees and says natural gas will grow as a portion of the state’s energy sources, but not at the expense of coal.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I think they are going to be a major player now, because the federal regulations are being so impossible, to reach the regulations they're wanting to pass. Coal is going to be impacted by it, like it has been, but coal's not going to go anywhere. Everybody understands the importance of&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:28:18 +0000 Jonathan Meador 41099 at http://wkms.org Natural Gas Companies Brief Lawmakers On Industry's Future Construction of Natural Gas Plant Underway at Paradise Fossil Plant http://wkms.org/post/construction-natural-gas-plant-underway-paradise-fossil-plant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Construction crews have cleared about 60 percent of the land needed to begin building a new natural&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">gas plant at the Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County. The new plant is scheduled to open by&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Spring of 2017, and will take the place of two coal burning units currently in operation at the Tennessee Valley Authority facility.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:50:22 +0000 Kevin Willis (KPR) 41039 at http://wkms.org Construction of Natural Gas Plant Underway at Paradise Fossil Plant Atmos Energy Annual Rate Increase Approved http://wkms.org/post/atmos-energy-annual-rate-increase-approved <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Atmos</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Energy Corporation customers will see their bills rise after the company won approval for an $8 point 5 million annual revenue increase. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky&nbsp;Public Service Commission PSC</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> stated that the adjusted rates will be “fair, just and reasonable.”&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:45:23 +0000 Troy Taylor 40079 at http://wkms.org Atmos Energy Annual Rate Increase Approved KY Natural Gas Prices on The Rise http://wkms.org/post/ky-natural-gas-prices-rise <p></p><p>As the days begin to get colder,&nbsp;Kentucky will see higher natural gas prices.&nbsp; On average, customers who use about ten thousand cubic feet of natural gas, can expect to pay about 19 percent more than last November.&nbsp; Still, State Public Service Commission Spokesman Andrew Melnykovych says it’s far less than a few years ago.</p><p>“Natural gas prices are gonna continue to go up and down from year to year, but it’s going to be, at least for the foreseeable future within a fairly narrow range, you know, dollar or two whereas in the past we’ve had these massive spikes where it’s gone up a hundred percent or more in some instances in a very short period of time and crashed back down only to rise again,” said Melnykovych. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:20:34 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 36203 at http://wkms.org KY Natural Gas Prices on The Rise Kentucky Energy Secretary: We Need A Blend Of Energy Sources http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-energy-secretary-we-need-blend-energy-sources <p>The Secretary of the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet said he&rsquo;s a strong supporter of natural gas development as a source of energy in Kentucky and elsewhere. However, Len Peters said the country will be a lot better off with a blend of options.</p><p>&ldquo;If all we do is move coal-dominated electricity generation to a natural gas electricity generation is not a good way to go,&quot; said Peters. &quot;There&rsquo;s no diversification in that. We have to be able to build coal. We have to be able to build natural gas. Nobody wants to build nuclear these days so we&rsquo;re moving away from a more balanced set of opportunities.&rdquo;</p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 19:49:09 +0000 Dan Conti (KPR) 35518 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Energy Secretary: We Need A Blend Of Energy Sources Watchdog Group Wants Special Session On Pipeline http://wkms.org/post/watchdog-group-wants-special-session-pipeline <p></p><p>Government watchdog group Common Cause of Kentucky is urging Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to call a special session this fall.</p><p>The session would seek to pass legislation protecting private landowners from companies wanting to use eminent domain for a controversial pipeline project. The Bluegrass Pipeline is being built by Williams Co. and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners of Texas. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:13:23 +0000 John Walker & The Associated Press 35210 at http://wkms.org Watchdog Group Wants Special Session On Pipeline Natural Gas Leaks Leads To School And Town Evacuation http://wkms.org/post/natural-gas-leaks-leads-school-and-town-evacuation <p>A natural gas leak Tuesday forced the evacuation of 885 Hopkins County High School students. No injuries were reported.</p><p>Hopkins County Sheriff Deputy Jeremy Crick said the leak started around mid-morning when an Atmos Energy service crew was performing routine maintenance in Mortons Gap. Crick said one of the crew accidentally ran over a connector pipe causing a cap to blow off. Emergency management officials notified the school as well as city authorities. Mayor Frank Stafford issued a mandatory evacuation of the area at 11:45 am. Traffic on US 41 was halted for several hours while fire crews shut off gas lines. Stafford said the evacuation of 400 residents was based more on the risk of an explosion rather than the risk of gas inhalation.</p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:13:01 +0000 Rob Canning 34580 at http://wkms.org Natural Gas Leaks Leads To School And Town Evacuation New Pipeline Expected to Lower Rates, Risk in Clarksville http://wkms.org/post/new-pipeline-expected-lower-rates-risk-clarksville <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 32px;">Clarksville city officials are awaiting federal approval for a new natural gas pipeline that is expected to ensure service and lower rates to city residents. </span></p> Fri, 24 May 2013 02:59:56 +0000 Austin Ramsey 31753 at http://wkms.org New Pipeline Expected to Lower Rates, Risk in Clarksville LG&E, KU Rates to Increase in 2013 http://wkms.org/post/lge-ku-rates-increase-2013 <p></p><p>The Kentucky Public Service Commission accepted a settlement increasing the base electric and natural gas rates for Kentucky Utilities Company and Louisville Gas and Electric Company customers. The rate increases take effect Jan. 1. The average monthly bill for a KU residential customer will increase around $5. LG&amp;E electric customers can expect around a $4 increase and natural gas customers a $5.50 increase. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 14:11:30 +0000 Whitney Jones 25983 at http://wkms.org LG&E, KU Rates to Increase in 2013 Ill. Gas Prices Stay Steady This Winter http://wkms.org/post/ill-gas-prices-stay-steady-winter <p>Ameren Illinois officials say consumers should expect natural gas prices this winter to be similar to last year’s prices. The Peoria-based gas delivery company serves 1.2 million electric and more than 800,000 natural gas customers in southern and central Illinois. Ameren gas supply manager Ken Dothage says prices should stay the same this winter because North American gas supply has increased. He says slower U.S. and global economies along with a decreased worldwide demand for energy also play a role in the steady price of natural gas. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:10:32 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 23439 at http://wkms.org Ill. Gas Prices Stay Steady This Winter