Scott Straight was named to his current position in April of 2017. He has more than 30 years of experience in the electric and natural gas utility industry.
Straight joined the company in 1984 as a mechanical engineer and has been part of, or overseen, nearly every major construction project the company has undergone since that time. He moved to an environmental engineer role in 1991 and was promoted to manager of Technical Services in 1996 before being named director of Project Engineering in 2002.
Project Engineering is comprised of 75 or more engineers, contract specialist, field safety and construction experts that effectively and safely manage the development, engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning execution for all major capital projects for the generation companies of Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas and Electric. Since 2002, Project Engineering has managed over $7 billion in generation and environmental compliance projects. The projects include: the retrofit installation of seven SCRs and six WFGDs at the E.W. Brown, Ghent, Mill Creek and Trimble County coal-fired generating stations; the installation of a 800 megawatts coal-fired supercritical unit that is the cleanest emitting coal-fired generating unit in Kentucky; Kentucky’s first natural gas combined-cycle 640 MW generating unit; Kentucky’s largest universal solar generating station; implementation of 10 baghouses; development and construction of three new dry landfills for coal combustion storage; two new ash ponds, sulfuric acid controls on numerous coal-fired units; rehabilitation of Ohio Falls hydro station; as well as other projects.
Prior to joining LG&E in 1984, Straight was a design engineer for the Boeing Military Airplane Company in Wichita, Kansas, where he led the design of cruise missile launching systems for the B-52 and B-1 bombers. He began his service at LG&E in 1984 as a mechanical engineer in the Special Construction Department and oversaw various projects in the retail energy, gas transmission and storage, as well as at every generating station until 1996. Straight has assumed a number of leadership positions within the company including senior engineer over air regulations in the Environmental Affairs Department, project manager, manager of Technical Services and manager of Capital Projects. In addition to attending numerous leadership programs, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master in Business Administration with honors from Indiana University. Straight is a licensed Professional Engineer in Kentucky and Indiana.