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Alabama Power and EPA reach pact closing 3 coal plants

CLIMATE:
Alabama Power reaches pact with the EPA to close three coal-fired power plants and convert four others to natural gas. (Alabama Media Group)
• Federal agencies are boosting data sets and other resources to help communities become more resilient to climate disruptions.  (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy blog)

COAL ASH: Virginia agrees to $2.5 million settlement with Duke Energy over the 2014 Dan River coal ash spill. (Associated Press)

COAL: Appalachian Power says converting three retired coal-fired power plants challenged by the West Virginia PSC to natural gas would cost $64 million. (The Charleston Gazette)

CUBA: The communist island wants to clean up parts of its fuel supply, moving from crude oil to a portfolio of wind, sun and sugar cane. (EnergyWire)

NORTH CAROLINA: Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law a measure facilitating the conversion of a Duke Energy coal-fired power plant to one that burns natural gas. (Charlotte Business Journal)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: After years of lofty promises, Wall Street believes renewables can produce a payoff. (The Wall Street Journal)

SOLAR:
Sunrun, the rooftop solar developer expanding into the Southeast U.S., is planning an initial public offering on the Nasdaq. (Bloomberg)
• An Episcopal church in Decatur, Georgia is drawing on its rooftop solar system to balance the books, help protect the local environment and echo the Pope’s encyclical. (Southeast Green blog)

COMMENTARY:
Virginia’s Dan River coal ash settlement with Duke Energy amounts to a slap on the wrist. (Southern Environmental Law Center blog)
Amazon’s planned solar power plant in Accomack County, Virginia could set a precedent for future data centers’ energy supplies in the PJM power grid. (Bacon’s Rebellion blog)
• A carbon tax might be acceptable as part of a tax reform plan that eliminates current revenue sources. (The Wall Street Journal)

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