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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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 →
IEEFA Update: In Campaign to Prop Up Navajo Generating Station, Peabody Energy Seeks a Victory Again at Somebody Else’s Expense
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IEEFA Update: In Campaign to Prop Up Navajo Generating Station, Peabody Energy Seeks a Victory Again at Somebody Else’s Expense

Calculated Misinformation by a Coal Company Chasing Fading Profits

The last time Peabody Energy got involved with developing a new power plant it ended in financial chaos for 200 Midwest communities that had been talked into taking part. Peabody was the lead proponent of the Prairie State Generating Center in Marisa, Illinois, which opened in 2012 promising cheap electricity for the towns and cities […]

Peabody’s Search for Buyer for Navajo Coal Plant Stalls

Associated Press: A coal mining company looking to save the Arizona power plant it feeds from closure says it’s making progress in the search for new owners. But few details came with a deadline Sunday to identify potential buyers for the Navajo Generating Station near Page. Peabody Energy spokeswoman Beth Sutton said Monday that private […]

October 3, 2017 Read More →

Still Seeking Buyer for Failing Arizona Coal Plant, Owners Are Running Out of Time

Associated Press: A coal-fired power plant in far northern Arizona is set to shut down in 2019 unless a new owner can be found. The deadline for interested buyers is Sunday. The operator of the 2,250-megawatt Navajo Generating Station, the Salt River Project, says the deadline will determine whether to maintain the plant for long-term […]

September 29, 2017 Read More →

Better Ways to Spend $100 Million in Taxpayer Dollars Than on Another ‘Clean Coal’ Experiment

The Hill: The Department of Energy has a new request for proposals (RFP) out for ideas on how to spend $100 million in federal money on “transformational coal technologies.” There’s a hurry-up-and-apply quality to the RFP, which has a deadline of Oct. 19. We think it is a transparent effort by Peabody Energy to get […]

September 15, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Swamp Watch: Will a New Federal Giveaway Keep a Mine Alive in Arizona?

Department of Energy Offering of $100 million in Fresh Funding for ‘Transformational’ Coal Projects Ignores a Long History of Failure; Likely Beneficiary Is Peabody Energy; At-Risk Potential Partners are Hopi and Navajo Nations

The stunning record of failure for “clean coal” projects in the U.S. has not kept the coal industry—and its allies in the Trump administration—from using more federal subsidies for reckless projects. The latest comes by way of a recent Department of Energy offering of $100 million toward “Fossil Fuel Large Scale Pilots.” DOE, along with […]

September 12, 2017 Read More →

Peabody Angles to Keep Kayenta Mine in Arizona Open

Bloomberg BNA: A group of business and government representatives are exploring the possibility of keeping alive a troubled coal mine in northern Arizona. The Kayenta mine, operated by Peabody Energy, appears likely to shut down at the end of 2019, when the nearby Navajo Generating Station is also scheduled to close. The two are linked […]

August 22, 2017 Read More →
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 →

Coal-Gasification Proposal Seen as Unlikely to Save Navajo Generating Station

Bloomberg BNA: The biggest coal-fired generating station west of the Mississippi could be replaced by a coal gasification plant, raising concerns among environmentalists as well as questions from financial analysts about the economic costs and risks. The tribe “has considered the development of potential energy industries, including [a] gasification plant,” Navajo Nation presidential spokesman Mihio […]

August 7, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: A Stark Reality Check for Regional U.S. Coal Economies

Natural Resources Defense Council: The reality, however, is far more complex than politicized talking points: electricity markets are undergoing a period of rapid, transformational change. Rather than denying the reality of cheap natural gas, falling renewable prices, and rising coal costs, the federal government must help provide a sustainable transition for affected workers and communities—starting […]

July 20, 2017 Read More →