Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Navajo Generating Station to Close by 2019, Plant Owners Say

The Navajo Generating Station near Page, AZ burns locally mined coal to generate power for the Central Arizona Project, among other clients. But competition from low-priced natural gas will lead to the plant’s closure by 2019, its owners say. (Photo Credit: Bill Morrow/Creative Commons) Click to Enlarge.
The owners of the Navajo Generating Station in Page, Arizona voted Monday to keep the plant operating until its lease ends in December 2019, pending agreement with the Navajo Nation on reclamation of the site.

The coal-fired plant has been under financial pressure from historically low natural gas prices, but closing it would mean the loss of more than 800 jobs, most held by Navajo or Hopi tribal members, according to the Salt River Project, which operates the plant.

Navajo Generating Station is a 2250 megawatt coal-fired powerplant located on the Navajo Indian Reservation, near Page, Arizona. This plant provides electrical power to customers in Arizona, Nevada, and California. It also provides the power for pumping Colorado River water for the Central Arizona Project, supplying about 1.5 million acre feet (1.85 km3) of water annually to central and southern Arizona. ... The Navajo Generating Station is the United States' third largest emitter of carbon dioxide.

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