Scott Straight was named to his current position of vice president of Project Engineering in April of 2017. He has 38 years of experience in the electric and natural gas utility industry. Straight’s responsibilities include overseeing the Project Engineering, Real Estate and Right of Way, and Facilities Project groups for LG&E and KU.
Straight joined the company in 1984 as a mechanical engineer in the Special Construction department and has been part of, or overseen, nearly every major generation project the company has implemented since that time.
His career began engineering and overseeing various projects in the electrical distribution and transmission systems, gas transmission and storage, and generation stations at every LG&E generating station until 1991. He moved to an environmental engineer role in 1991 and served as the lead air compliance engineer for LG&E. He was promoted to manager of Technical Services in 1996 for the LG&E and KU generation fleet before being named director of Project Engineering in 2002.
Project Engineering has managed more than $10 billion in generation and environmental compliance projects since 2004. These projects include more than $7 billion in environmental projects, along with Trimble County Unit 2’s 810 MW coal-fired supercritical unit (one of the lowest emitting coal-fired unit in U.S.); Cane Run Unit 7’s 640 MW NGCC unit (Kentucky’s first NGCC generating unit); Kentucky’s largest universal solar generating station; and rehabilitation of LG&E’s Ohio Falls hydro station.
The Real Estate and Right of Way team manages all real estate transactions throughout the LG&E and KU services territories. The Facilities Projects team oversees all new or major renovations to engineering centers, office buildings, customer service centers, headquarters, and operating control centers throughout the LG&E and KU service territories.
Straight holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master’s in Business Administration with honors from Indiana University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Kentucky and Indiana. He serves as the president of the Southeastern Construction Owners & Associates Roundtable organization, board member of the Louisville Metro Habitat for Humanity, and recently served on the One West Board.