“I don’t think the Trump presidency will have a material impact on bringing coal miners back to work … I have a hard time seeing a surge in coal demand.”

– Ted O’Brien, a coal analyst at Doyle Trading Consultants, a leading energy industry research firm, as quoted in the New York Times

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“We want to prepare ourselves and be proactive should this plant actually close … and we’re willing to do whatever we can to support the workers. We just want to make sure we’re prepared.”

– Peter DeJesus, field coordinator for the Western New York Area Labor Federation, speaking about the town of Tonawanda, New York and how it can serve as a model for communities facing the closure of local coal-burning powers plants and trying to diversify their economy.

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Microsoft taps Kan. wind for data center

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As part of Microsoft’s progress toward powering operations with clean energy, the software giant has signed an agreement to buy all 178 megawatts of production from the Bloom Wind wind farm under construction near Dodge City, Kansas. Electricity generated by the...
“The [solar PV] pipeline is at an all-time high, and the market is beginning to truly diversify geographically.”

– From Greentech Media’s Utility PV Market Tracker, which reports that as of August, there were 11 states with 500 megawatts or more of PV projects in development and 20 states with 200 MW or more under development.

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“I really think it’s going to get to the point where if you get a ‘normal’ roof, it’s sort of odd. It’s going to be, ‘Of course you’d get a solar roof. … Why would you get anything else?’ ”

– Tesla and Solar City CEO Elon Musk, commenting in an interview on CNBC about his company’s recent unveiling of attractive roofingshingles that are integrated with solar panels.

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Proposed Turkish coal plant abandoned

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Azerbaijan’s state-owned energy company has shelved plans to construct a 672-megawatt coal-fired power plant across the border in Turkey, following decades of protest against the project. In a formal letter, the seven credit agencies financing the plant announced that...
“The economics of offshore wind are now improving fast, with the best sites getting closer to striking distance of more mature technologies.”

– Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Seb Henbest, commenting on global levelized cost projections for offshore wind in the second half of 2016, which at $126 per megawatt-hour are 22 percent below the first half of the year.

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“I think people are going to tell me we’re crazy, but I’m pretty sure we’ll arrive at 100 percent for one moment for sure.”

– Miguel Ezpeleta, the director of Spanish energy giant Acciona, on the chances of his country soon meeting its entire energy needs with renewable sources. In November 2015, it hit 70 percent on one night.

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