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Feds OK phase 1 of 3GW Wyoming wind farm

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The Bureau of Land Management issued key approvals for the first 500 turbines of a proposed massive 3-gigawatt wind farm in Wyoming. The Chokecherry and Sierra Madre, along with the associated and recently approved TransWest Express transmission project, which would...
“This project is a great balance between the need for local economic development and the need for affordable electricity in our local communities.”

– Stillwater County (Montana) Commissioner Maureen Davey on NorthWestern Energy’s recent agreement to purchase power from an 80-megawatt wind farm being built near Billings at a cost of $37.63 per megawatt-hour, substantially below the cost of its coal resources.

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“We want the U.S. economy to be energy efficient and powered by low-carbon energy. Cost-effective and innovative solutions can help us achieve these objectives. Failure to build a low-carbon economy puts American prosperity at risk. But the right action now will create jobs and boost U.S. competitiveness.”

– From a letter signed by more than 600 U.S. companies and investors collectively representing nearly $1.15 trillion in annual revenue and employing about 1.8 million workers in 44 states – asking President-elect Donald Trump and other political leaders to support policies and investments in a low-carbon future.

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“I’ve suggested to Mr. Trump that he temper his expectations. [Coal employment] can’t be brought back to where it was before the election of Barack Obama.”

– Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray on the less-than-optimistic prospects for coal to bounce back.

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“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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Brits OK world’s biggest offshore wind farm

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The British government has approved construction of what will likely be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm 55 miles off the English coast. The Hornsea Project Two farm will have up to 300 turbines and a total capacity of 1.8 gigawatts, enough energy to power...
“The writing on the wall for the coal industry is clear. Young coal workers, in particular, should consider retraining for a job in solar now.”

– Michigan Technological University proferssor Joshua Pearce, commenting on a study he co-authored showing that many coal companies, even those filing for bankruptcy, could retrain all their employees to work in similar solar industry job for less than the CEO’s annual salary.

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“It’s busy out there. We’re putting a lot of people to work.”

– Paul Copleman, a spokesman for Avangrid Renewables, on the construction in North Carolina of what will be the largest wind farm in the southeastern United States, a $400 million, 104-turbine project.

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