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Alabama Power and EPA reach pact closing 3 coal plants

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)

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)

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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