Navajo Generating Station

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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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Editorial: Remaking a Local Economy Built Around a Failing Power Plant

Deseret News (Salt Lake City): Political leaders should look for effective solutions to help foster job transitions for displaced coal workers. The notion that changes in the energy market that have led to the impending closure of coal generating plants can be reversed by adjustments in trade and environmental policy is likely wishful thinking that […]

May 11, 2017 Read More →
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 […]

Op-Ed: Tipping Point for Navajo Nation

Navajo Times: What are the plans Navajo leaders? Now that coal market and technology made the ultimate decision, which the owners of Navajo Generating Station recognize, but not the Navajo Nation. Time is neither on Navajo Nation’s side in developing a “comprehensive and large-scale economic plan” at this 11th hour nor is the notion of […]

May 5, 2017 Read More →

Arizona Regulator Advocates a Federal Bailout of Navajo Generating Station

Arizona Republic: Arizona utility regulator Andy Tobin is urging increased support from state utilities and the federal government to help keep the Navajo Generating Station coal-fired power plant running. Tobin suggested a compromise that would allow the current owners to keep the plant running for five more years to provide time to find new buyers […]

May 4, 2017 Read More →

An ‘Historic Opportunity’ to Convert Navajo Transmission System Into Solar Lines

E&E News: Large transmission lines at the likely soon-to-be-shuttered Navajo Generating Station in Arizona could be a major advantage for developing solar or wind projects in the region, energy experts said this week. The coal plant near Page, Ariz., could close this year or stay open through 2019. When the plant shuts down, it will […]

May 1, 2017 Read More →

Page, Arizona, Seeks to End Its Economic Reliance on Struggling Navajo Generating Station

Arizona Daily Sun: This city that has staked its success on both the power plant’s operations and outdoor tourism is confronting a potential turning point. Two months ago, Page learned that four of the Navajo Generating Station’s owners will abandon their stake in the power plant at the end of 2019 because low natural gas […]

April 17, 2017 Read More →

Op-Ed: Why Shouldn’t the Navajo Nation Be Part of the U.S. Energy Transition Too?

Navajo Times: The announcement last month by the owners of the Navajo Generating Station that poor economics are forcing them to retire the plant far ahead of schedule – as early as this year – puts the Navajo Nation at a vital crossroads. Down one path is the opportunity to transition to a clean energy […]

April 14, 2017 Read More →

Federal Subsidies Crucial to Survival of Navajo Generation Station

The Arizona Republic: Navajo Nation political officials are endorsing a plan to ask the federal government for coal subsidies to keep the Kayenta Mine and Navajo Generating Station operating. The coal-fired power plant is not economical for Salt River Project and its other four owners, who voted recently to run it through the end of […]

April 3, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Op-Ed: Market Forces Are What’s Killing the Navajo Generating Station

The President Should Not Intercede

The question of whether the Navajo Generating Station will stay open past 2019 is of special regional interest for the implications it raises about jobs and local economies in the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest. But it’s a national issue too, as shown by pleas this week for President Trump to take executive action to […]

February 21, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Shutdown of Navajo Generating Station Likely Blows a Hole in Peabody’s Bankruptcy Plan

IEEFA Update: Shutdown of Navajo Generating Station Likely Blows a Hole in Peabody’s Bankruptcy Plan

Company Seen as Unlikely to Meet its Production or EBITDA Projections; Fate of Plant Is Emblematic of Larger Shift

Bankrupt Peabody Energy is being dealt a fresh setback on news this week that owners of the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station don’t expect to keep the plant open past 2019. The 2,500-megawatt station in Northern Arizona is owned by a consortium of public and private utilities with significant service areas in several states. While Peabody […]

February 15, 2017 Read More →