We’ve committed with our parent company, PPL, to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and are on track to achieve an 80% reduction from 2010 levels by 2040 and a 70% reduction by 2035. We believe that an all-of-the above approach is needed to support a sustainable clean energy transition. In that spirit, LG&E and KU have become global leaders in carbon capture technology that enables low carbon dispatchable generation and supports energy reliability and resilience.
In 2006, LG&E and KU founded the carbon capture program at the University of Kentucky (UK) Center for Applied Research (CAER) and continue to partner with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on this important research. In 2014, we deployed the capture technology that the team developed in a pilot-scale carbon capture unit at the E.W. Brown Generating Station, which is one of a few power plants in the United States today with an active carbon capture system.
The joint research at our site has lowered capture costs by forty percent and lead to numerous patents and academic publications. In 2021, LG&E and KU continue to partner with UK CAER studying carbon capture with natural gas using the existing carbon capture system at E.W. Brown. The next stage of this research would be to demonstrate carbon capture at LG&E and KU’s Cane Run Station, a natural gas combined cycle plant.
We are also working with our partners at UK, DOE, and EPRI on a direct air capture system capable of 90% carbon capture and producing 99.9% purity hydrogen gas being tested in CAER’s laboratories in Lexington, Kentucky. We plan to continue to lead research, development, and demonstration of carbon capture technology.