“[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.
“It sounds really bold to say, but what we’re trying to do is to rebuild the Appalachian economy from the ground up. … We don’t get into the moral argument of coal being good or bad, we just talk about jobs and entrepreneurship.”
– Brandon Dennison, co-founder and CEO of Coalfield Development Corp, a nonprofit that offers out-of-work coal miners a chance to learn new skills, including solar installation.
“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.
“Buying and shutting down old, inefficient coal plants is unprecedented in America. I’m very proud of our employees for proposing this innovative approach that’s environmentally beneficial and saves customers millions of dollars.”
– Florida Power & Light President and CEO Eric Silagy, on the utility’s announcement that it will shut down its 292-megawatt, coal-fired Cedar Bay Generating Plant – only 22 years old – on New Years Eve, cutting 1 million tons of carbon pollution and saving customers $70 million.
“[The grid is] moving away from a passive to an active grid … solar, wind and electrical storage devices, power that not only flows from the utility to the customer, but now from the customer back to the utility.”
– Steve Griffith, of the National Electrical Manufacturing Association on the expected rapid growth of microgrids
“We’re initiating our … shift from today’s pipeline architecture – moving central-station power across wires to customers at the other end – to a platform architecture, which is the business architecture of the 21st Century.”
– ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore, speaking at the National Conference of State Legislatures and urging lawmakers nationwide to help utilities shift to new business models.