UTILITIES: Laclede Group snaps up Alabama Gas for $1.3B Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 St. Louis-based utility Laclede Group Inc. is buying Alabama Gas Corp. for $1.3 billion. Please subscribe to Greenwire to read the full story. Username: Password: Forgot your access codes? Recover them. Not a subscriber? Sign up for a trial. Ready to subscribe? Click here.