“At the end of the day, West Virginia may not require us to be clean, but our customers are. So if we want to bring in those jobs – and those are good jobs, those are good-paying jobs … we have to be mindful of what our customers want.”

– Chris Beam, the new president of Appalachian Power, on historic changes in the electric power industry and why his company is not planning to build any more coal-burning power plants, choosing instead to emphasize cleaner sources of power.

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“Our statutory duty is to produce electricity at the lowest feasible rate. … We weren’t trying to comply with the Clean Power Plan or anything else. What’s the cheapest way to serve the customer? It turned out to be retiring those coal plants.”

– Tennessee Valley Authority CEO Bill Johnson on how little Donald Trump’s pro-coal policies are likely to affect his utility’s plans. TVA is on track to retire five of its original 11 coal-fired power plants by the end of 2018.

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“Market forces are driving a rapid evolution of energy resources, and the current data clearly supports the replacement of the coal in our portfolio with an energy mix that includes more renewables and natural gas as the best, most economical path to a strong energy future for New Mexico.”

– Public Service of New Mexico President and CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn in a statement regarding the utility’s integrated resource plan, which calls for completely shutting down one of its two biggest coal-fired power plants by 2022 and exiting from coal completely by 2031.

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“If you’d told me I’d be working in solar, I would’ve never believed you. I always thought I’d bounce from coal job to coal job until all the mines closed and I had to leave.”

– Former West Virginia coal miner Robert Atkins, who was retrained as a solar technician after being laid off from his coal job and now works as a crew chief overseeing installations for startup developer Solar Holler.

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“In 10 years, a rooftop that doesn’t have solar will look funny and will look out of place.”

– Mike Foley, head of the Department of Sustainability for Cuyahoga County, Ohio, reacting to an analysis showing that solar industry jobs doubled in the Cleveland area from 2015 to 2016.

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“[T]he world is moving beyond coal, just as we moved past horses and buggies, landline telephones and cigarettes.”

– From commentary by Danny Kennedy pointing out the huge inconsistencies between President Trump’s energy policies and the direction of energy markets.

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“People realize that coal isn’t going to be around here forever and people need to re-tool themselves and get occupations within newer industries.”

– Lee Van Horn, the son of a coal mine worker, who is manager of the 64-turbine Locust Ridge Wind Power Project in central Pennsylvania.

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“Page [Arizona] is ready for a change. … We really have the ability here to capitalize on how beautiful the area is, and the only black eye on this beauty for a long, long time has been that power plant.”

– Twist Thompson, the owner of three restaurants in Page, in reaction to news that owners of the Navajo Generating Station, the largest coal-burning power plant in the West, plan to shut down the plant no later than 2019.

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New wind turbines are “the most cost-effective way to meet our anticipated energy needs of our own customers.”

– PacifiCorp spokesman Bob Gravely on his company’s plans to spend $3.5 billion on 2,000 megawatts of new and upgraded wind turbines, mostly in Wyoming, over the next 20 years.

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