Alabama Power studies switch to renewable fuels

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Power Co. is exploring the option of generating electricity by burning wood or other renewable fuels at one of its coal-fired plants.

The state's largest electric utility expects to complete a study in the second half of this year.

A company manager, Chris Habig, says Alabama Power will make a decision once the study is done.

Habig says the study is part of Alabama Power's general planning activities. He says higher costs for coal and other fuels make a switch economically attractive for the first time.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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