By Editors of Power Engineering
PPL Corporation announced the company plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 70 percent from 2010 levels by 2050.
The goal will be reached by replacing the bulk of coal-fired generation in Kentucky with a mix of renewable and natural gas generation, as well as improvements in overall energy efficiency, substations and vehicle fleets.
"As the world considers climate change and as PPL looks to the future, we will continue to take steps to minimize our impact on the environment, transform the way we generate electricity and incorporate new, lower-emitting technology," said William H. Spence, chairman, president and chief executive officer for PPL Corporation.
PPL has already cut carbon dioxide emissions by nearly half since 2010 thanks to spinning off its competitive generation business, including 4 GW of coal-fired generation, retiring approximately 900 MW of coal capacity in Kentucky and replacing much of that retired Kentucky generation with a new, highly efficient natural gas combined-cycle unit.
In addition, the company's Kentucky subsidiaries built the state's largest universal solar facility, began offering solar options to Kentucky customers and completed the renovation and upgrade of the Ohio Falls hydroelectric facility.