“I never thought that wind would pay more than oil. That noise they make – it’s kind of like a cash register.”

– Sweetwater, Texas rancher Louis Brooks on the benefits that come from the 78 wind turbines installed on his family’s land.

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“We built an infrastructure to serve a much bigger market share than we have now. It means the less efficient capacity is going to be downsized.”

– National Mining Association spokesman Luke Popovich, expressing skepticism that there is much the Trump administration can do in light of market pressures to extend the life of coal-burning plants like the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona, which was recently announced for retirement.

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Report: solar job growth soars in 2016

Report: solar job growth soars in 2016

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The American solar workforce grew at a historic pace in 2016, a year when one out of every 50 new U.S. jobs was in the solar industry, according to The Solar Foundation’s seventh annual National Solar Jobs Census 2016. The census found that solar industry added...
“We will allow existing coal mines to continue operating, but new mining licenses will not be granted.”

– U Ohn Win, Myanmar’s Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, on a decision by the government to stop issuing new coal mining licenses due to the harmful health effects. There are about 560 coal mines in the country.

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EV/solar tagteam could be “gamechanger”

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Falling costs for electric vehicles and solar panels could be “gamechangers” that halt worldwide growth in demand for oil and coal by 2020, according to a new analysis conducted jointly by the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London and the Carbon Tracker...
2016 a record-smashing year for U.S. solar

2016 a record-smashing year for U.S. solar

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  In its biggest year ever, the United States solar market nearly doubled its annual record,by adding 14,626 megawatts of new capacity in 2016. This new additions represent a 95 percent increase over the previous record of 7,493 megawatts installed in 2015, and...
“Ten years ago, we thought hitting even a 25 percent wind-penetration level would be extremely challenging, and any more than that would pose serious threats to reliability. … Now we have the ability to reliably manage greater than 50 percent wind penetration. It’s not even our ceiling.”

– Bruce Rew, vice president of the Southwest Power Pool, commenting on the dramatic growth of wind in the Midwest, noting in particular the ability to integrate much smaller systems more effectively and  the huge pool of resources to draw from across SPP’s 550,000-acre service territory, which gives it the ability to deploy resources to make up any sudden deficits.

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Wind hits 50% of load in Midwest for 1st time

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The Southwest Power Pool, which manages electricity transmission and wholesale energy sales across much of the Midwest, has set a new wind-penetration record, in the process becoming the becoming the first regional transmission organization in North America to break...
“The rapid pace of renewable energy deployment accelerated, consumption and export of domestic natural gas hit record levels, and the economy grew more energy-efficient than ever. In the face of all this change, Americans are enjoying lower energy bills, directing less of their household income to energy spending than at any other time” since such records began 60 years ago.

– From a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report on falling consumer electricity costs.

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“In California, we’re blinding ourselves to the facts, We’re awash in power at a premium price. … The winners are the energy companies. The losers are businesses and families.”

– Loretta Lynch, former president of the California Public Utilities Commission, arguing that allowing utilities to dramatically overbuild natural gas power plant capacity has left consumers paying far more than the national average for electricity.

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“Solar growth is so extensive and has so much momentum behind it that we’re at the point where you can’t put the genie back in the bottle. You either learn how to work with this new medium, solar energy, or you’re going to face increasing conflicts.”

–  Penn State professor Jeffrey R.S. Brownson, an expert in solar adoption, on utilities expanding their business models into the development of community solar gardens and how that will continue driving a transition to clean energy despite Trump policies to boost coal.

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2016 another strong year for wind in Canada

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Canada’s wind energy industry had another year of strong growth in 2016, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association, adding 702 megawatts of new capacity through the installation of 21 projects in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. Canada now has 11,898 MW of...