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January 14 -- Newly updated research shows that Alabama is still high on the list of states with coal plants that may be more expensive to maintain than to replace with cleaner sources, as we noted in an earlier blog. The report, an update of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Ripe for Retirement using 2012 numbers (the most recent available), indicates that 22 coal-fired generators at 7 Alabama plants  — most owned by Alabama Power — are more expensive than new wind generated in the Southeast. While the report acknowledges that plant-specific details affect individual retirement decisions, it’s clear that the economics of Alabama Power’s plants deserve closer scrutiny. >>View Article