Erica Peterson

Erica reports on environment and energy issues for WFPL, which run the gamut from stories about the regionââââ

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Kentucky regulators are looking for proposals to spur economic development on Appalachia’s abandoned surface mines.

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission has scheduled meetings in Louisville and Lexington for the public to weigh in on plans by utilities Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities to shut down their coal ash ponds at several power plants. 

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Kentucky’s coal industry continued its freefall in the first quarter of this year, according to data released Monday by the state Energy and Environment Cabinet.

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Kentucky’s largest utility company has unveiled the commonwealth’s largest solar plant.

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Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities are unveiling the company’s first solar array Tuesday. The solar array was approved in 2014 by state regulators, and is Kentucky’s first utility-scale solar energy system.

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Anything is possible, but it seems unlikely that a Senate bill to abolish state mine safety inspections will pass the General Assembly this year. Legislators are scheduled to return to Frankfort next week for one day before concluding this year’s regular session.

Louisville Zoo

The future of a baby gorilla born yesterday at the Louisville Zoo is unknown after its mother died earlier today from complications with the birth.

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Gov. Matt Bevin has begun making changes among high-ranking employees in the state Energy and Environment Cabinet.

Division of Forestry Director Leah MacSwords was terminated on Tuesday, a cabinet spokesman confirmed. It is a non-merit position and no reason was given for the termination.

But MacSwords said she was never given a termination letter.

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Kentucky regulators are petitioning the EPA to re-open the public comment period on the federal carbon dioxide rules that were finalized in June.

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet

  The Secretary of Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has officially submitted his resignation to Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear. Secretary Len Peters’ last day in his position will be Dec. 7, which is also Beshear’s last day in office.

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