Navajo Generating Station

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Why Navajo Generating Station Is No Longer Commercially Viable

Why Navajo Generating Station Is No Longer Commercially Viable

The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) has done extensive research into the difficult circumstances facing Navajo Generation Station. Key findings: Declining energy market prices and rising production costs have made power produced by the plant more expensive than competing sources. Market trends are not likely to change, leaving the plant’s financial viability […]

August 16, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Report: Kayenta Mine Is Unlikely to Find  New Customers Once Navajo Generating Station Closes

IEEFA Report: Kayenta Mine Is Unlikely to Find New Customers Once Navajo Generating Station Closes

A ‘Buyer Beware’ on Peabody Energy Property; Regional Demand for Coal Is in Decline; Export-Market Possibilities Are Bleak; Previous Recent Mine Deals Have Failed

June 29, 2017 (IEEFA.org) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) published a report today concluding that Peabody Energy’s Kayenta mine in northeast Arizona is not likely to find new customers or markets once its sole customer, Navajo Generating Station, closes. The Navajo Nation Council voted this week to approve a deal with […]

IEEFA Report: ‘Payment for a Job Well Done,’ a Transition Plan in Anticipation of Shutdowns of Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine

IEEFA Report: ‘Payment for a Job Well Done,’ a Transition Plan in Anticipation of Shutdowns of Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine

Initiative to Limit Job Losses and Community Disruption; Investing in Economic Growth Rather Than Subsidizing Northern Arizona's Failing Coal Industry

June 6, 2017 (IEEFA.org) – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a report outlining an economic- growth strategy for a region that stands to be set back severely by the closure of the Navajo Generating Station and the Kayenta coal mine. The proposal—“A Transition Plan for Communities Affected by the […]

IEEFA Report: ‘End of an Era’ for Navajo Generating Station; Vast Subsidies Would Be Required to Keep Aging Plant Online; Retirement Seen as Most Viable Option

IEEFA Report: ‘End of an Era’ for Navajo Generating Station; Vast Subsidies Would Be Required to Keep Aging Plant Online; Retirement Seen as Most Viable Option

‘No Longer Competitive’ With Rise of Natural Gas and Renewables; Staying Open Through 2022 Would Require a $740-Million-to-$1-Billion Subsidy; Through 2030 Would Require a $1.4 to $2.4 Billion Subsidy

May 10, 2017  (IEEFA.org) – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis today published a report detailing how the failing coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in northern Arizona will require hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies to remain online for any length of time. The report—“End of an Era: Navajo Generating Station Is No […]

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IEEFA Update: The Saudi Arabia of Solar? American Indian Country

IEEFA Update: The Saudi Arabia of Solar? American Indian Country

Energy Transition Openings Now in the Four-Corners Region of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah

The great swath of high plains that run from Texas to the Canadian border has been rightly nicknamed in recent years the Saudi Arabia of Wind. A drive through the region on any major interstate yields daytime vistas dappled with giant wind farms that stretch so far into the distance that they look like CGI […]

January 5, 2018 Read More →

First Phase of New Mexico Coal Plant Shutdown Is Complete

Associated Press: The first of two units to be shut down at a coal-fired power plant that has been serving customers throughout the American Southwest for decades is no longer in operation, officials with New Mexico’s largest utility said Tuesday. Unit 3 at the San Juan Generating Station was turned off just after midnight and […]

December 20, 2017 Read More →

U.S. Coal Industry Fails Tribal Communities Across American Southwest

NBC News: Over the last century, in particular, American settlers and institutions urged the Navajo into livestock ranching, land development and uranium mining, only to end or curtail those industries, leaving the tribe to manage the disastrous fallout. Now, history’s pendulum appears to have swung again. A coal business, dropped into the Navajo heartland a […]

December 18, 2017 Read More →

In ‘Challenging Transition,’ Navajo Generation Station Will Stay Open Through 2019

The Hill: The coal-fired Navajo Generating Station has obtained the approval it needs to stay open through 2019. The Salt River Project, an Arizona utility that partially owns the plant and is negotiating on behalf of the other owners, announced Wednesday that the federal Bureau of Reclamation and Bureau of Indian Affairs had completed their […]

November 30, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Proposed Bailout of U.S. Coal Industry Puts a Spotlight on Failing Arizona Plant

Triple Pundit: What a mess Energy Secretary Rick Perry dumped into the lap of FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Perry has taken a lot of heat for proposing new protections for coal and nuclear power plants, but go-ahead has to come from FERC. The decision is not expected until December 11, and meanwhile the […]

November 13, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: ‘I Have No Idea Who Would Put Their Money Here’

Think Progress: The Navajo Generating Station is facing a future familiar to many coal-fired power plants, struggling to compete with smaller, more nimble natural gas-fired generators, wind farms, and solar arrays. “You know the old saying, ‘You make money if you buy low and sell high’? They’re buying high and selling lower,” said David Schlissel, […]

November 7, 2017 Read More →

White House ‘Throws Weight’ Behind Failing Arizona Coal Plant

ThinkProgress.org: Even while experts conclude the Navajo Generating Station, a 43-year-old coal plant in northern Arizona, is an economic albatross, the Trump administration is pushing to keep it running. Tired of losing money on the facility, the plant’s owners voted in February to close the Navajo Generating Station when their 50-year lease with the Navajo […]

October 26, 2017 Read More →

Skepticism Persists Over Claims by Owners That They Have Buyers Lined Up for Failing Coal Plant in Arizona

Bloomberg News: The biggest coal-fired power plant west of the Mississippi is up for sale, but market watchers say they’re not convinced anyone is serious about buying it. That skepticism comes despite statements from the Salt River Project, which co-owns the Navajo Generating Station in Page, Ariz., that they’ve signed 14 non-disclosure agreements with potential […]

October 25, 2017 Read More →

No Progress in Negotiations to Save Arizona Coal Plant

Washington Examiner: The Trump administration has until December to save the largest coal-fired power plant in the West, but the prospects for the plant burning coal after 2019 are questionable. The deliberations over the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona are beginning to heat up after months of confidential, behind-the-scenes negotiations to secure new owners. The […]

October 23, 2017 Read More →

Imminent Closure of Arizona Plant Portends an ‘Existential’ Moment for Navajo

Bloomberg News: In February, NGS’s controlling shareholder, a public utility called Salt River Project, announced that it would shut down the power plant beginning at the end of this year, another casualty of the surge in cheap natural gas. Without the power plant to buy its coal, the mine will be forced to shut down, […]

October 13, 2017 Read More →