Columbia Gas of Kentucky is offering an environmental incentive for customers who sign up for its paperless billing service.
Through April 1, Columbia Gas will donate $10 to The Nature Conservancy for each customer who switches to the paperless service. For each $10 donation, 10 trees will be planted to help rebuild the endangered Atlantic Forest in Brazil through The Nature Conservancy's Plant a Billion Trees program, according to Columbia Gas.
Columbia Gas' parent company, NiSource, will make a minimum contribution to the group of $100,000 and a maximum of $200,000.
The utility said the paperless billing program e-mails customers when bills are ready, and the bills can be paid online at no charge.
East Ky. Power finishes new natural gas units
East Kentucky Power Cooperative announced last week that it has completed construction on two new natural-gas-fueled turbines at its J.K. Smith Station in Clark County.
The cooperative, which provides power to more than a half million homes, farms and businesses, also has energized a new 36-mile transmission line that extends from Smith Station to a new substation in Garrard County.
The two new natural gas turbines are the eighth and ninth such turbines at the Smith Station.
New iPhone app showcases Bluegrass scenes
The Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau recently launched a puzzle iPhone application.
The app is a slide puzzle that features nine scenes from the Bluegrass.
The free application is available for download from Apple's iPhone app store or on the bureau's Web site, www.visitlex.com.
State partners with Microsoft for job training
State officials announced Wednesday that Microsoft will provide 20,250 vouchers to Kentucky residents for free online training and certification on certain Microsoft products.
The software giant will work with the state Office of Employment and Training to distribute 9,000 vouchers for online training, 9,000 for online testing and 2,250 for more advanced training courses, according to a news release.
Vouchers can be used for training on Microsoft Windows or one of the products in the Microsoft Office Suite. The training is online and can be accessed by any Internet-connected computer. The testing vouchers allow for certification exams to be taken at proctored locations available at community colleges around the state.
For information on how to obtain a voucher, visit http://kyelevateamerica.ky.gov. Vouchers must be claimed by April 27.
People can sign up for multiple courses, but they can only do so after completing a previous course. State government employees are not eligible to participate.
Herald-Leader Staff Reports