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Dedication to our communities is at the heart of our core values.
PPL Corporation conducts its business in an environmentally responsible manner.
We meet or exceed environmental laws, regulations and voluntary standards PPL has adopted. Our environmental commitment is based on individual responsibility for stewardship, innovative thinking and compliance. We operate our facilities to meet environmental regulations and corporate environmental policies and provide smarter and cleaner facilities that run efficiently.
PPL’s forward-looking approach is most evident in its participation in the development of long-term environmental strategies that help position the company to successfully navigate the future environmental challenges it faces.
PPL has aligned with Audobon Pennsylvania on preservation of scrubland habitat, vegetation management practices and most recently on support for Allentown’s designation as the first city in Pennsylvania to be named an Audubon Bird Town.
PPL’s support of Audubon Pennsylvania will help provide resources to promote the Bird Town program, which supports community-based actions to create a culture of conservation where everyone is a potential steward of nature in their backyard and beyond.
Since 2004, PPL Montana has been working alongside landowners, government agencies, conservation groups and private industry to restore the O’Dell Creek wetlands in the Madison River Valley.
The public-private partnership to restore river and wetland habitats, as well as protect and enhance fisheries and wildlife with willing landowners on private lands, has been recognized by President Barack Obama.
Beneficial Use of Coal Ash
PPL’s Brunner Island power plant is beneficially reusing byproducts of production that are contributing to the Freedom Tower in New York City, a rising symbol of America’s resilience.
The coal-fired power plant south of Harrisburg, Pa., is providing fly ash, processed for use as a commercial additive in concrete for construction of the Freedom Tower. The building will stand a symbolic 1,776 feet tall on the site of the former World Trade Center.
Thompson Falls Fish Ladder
The Thompson Falls fish ladder was built in collaboration with federal and state fisheries agencies and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. It has reopened hundreds of miles of the upstream Clark Fork River and its tributaries for native bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout and other fish species.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it’s the first full-length fish ladder in the continental United States specifically designed to accommodate bull trout, a federally listed threatened species. It’s also the tallest fish passage facility of its kind in Montana.
Advanced biological monitoring, trapping and tagging technology, and adaptive ladder operations, will allow fisheries biologists to better support and enhance fish movement patterns and timing of runs in the Clark Fork River.
Pheasant Habitat Restoration
PPL is involved in habitat preservation for wildlife around our facilities. An ongoing pheasant restoration project gives biologists a better understanding of how to provide natural habitat and breeding areas for these birds.
Once a common game bird in Pennsylvania, pheasants have been in decline over the past 30 years. Many wildlife biologists believe the population has been affected by habitat loss and land-use changes.
Tree Cutting Innovations in the U.K.
With many of Western Power Distributions overhead lines located on Forestry Commission land within the U.K., consulting and working closely with the body is an important part of the company’s resilience tree cutting program.
Using an innovative mechanized harvester, WPD maintains its forestry and shrubbery as an important safety measure while maintaining the natural environment.
Billions in Environmental Investments in Kentucky
Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities is taking steps to reduce their impact on the environment by investing more than $2.3 billion in additional emission controls to reduce the environmental impact of our power plants and create cleaner and more efficient generation for our customers.
These new improvements include:
- $1.1 billion for new sulfur dioxide (SO2) removal equipment known as scrubbers at KU's Brown and Ghent plants.
- $76 million in upgrades for LG&E's Ohio Falls hydroelectric facility.
- A $1.2 billion state-of-the-art generator addition at the company's Trimble County generating station.