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