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What Happens to Old Polluting Power Plants? Italy Has an Answer

  • Enel closing 13 gigawatts of fossil fuelled power plants
  • Amazon also said to be eyeing plants for data centers

Italy has 22 old fossil-fuel power plants to sell, and Amazon.com Inc. may be interested.

Enel SpA, which is the nation’s biggest utility, plans to close 13 gigawatts of power stations fired by coal, natural gas and oil as part of a shift toward renewables, said Enrico Viale, the head of thermal power generation. Rather than razing them, the Rome-based company looking for developers to turn the sites into shopping malls, medical facilities or high-tech facilities.