Kentucky’s largest utility, Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities (LG&E and KU), has unveiled the state’s first utility-scale wind turbine. Standing at 165 feet at the E.W. Brown Generating Station, the turbine aims to assess wind energy potential in Kentucky. Despite the state not being a wind powerhouse, the utility is eager to gather data on the turbine’s performance. Paired with an existing solar installation, the wind turbine is part of the utility’s “renewable integration” research, exploring the synergy between solar and wind energy for consistent power generation. This pioneering project reflects Kentucky’s push towards a greener energy landscape, amidst its current reliance on fossil fuels.
Photo courtesy of LG&E and KU