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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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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 →

New Mexico Utility Will Stop Using Coal for Electricity Generation

Ethan Howland in Platt’s Coal Trader: In what is becoming a trend in the Western US, Public Service Co. of New Mexico plans to exit coal-fired generation by 2031 in favor of renewables and natural gas-fired generation, according to its integrated resource plan. “A portfolio of renewables, gas generation, and, potentially storage, provides the best balance of cost and […]

July 7, 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 […]

Navajo Resistance to Power Plant Lease Extension: ‘It’s Ludicrous for Our Leaders to Cling to Coal’

Gallup (N.M.) Independent: U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke applauded the Navajo Nation Council’s approval of a new lease with Salt River Project to continue operating Navajo Generating Station through 2019. But grassroots organizations criticized the Council’s approval of the lease as a green light for the owners of the power plant to exploit […]

June 29, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Solar Progress in Arizona

Gallup (N.M.) Independent: Thanks to the completion of a $60 million solar farm in Kayenta, which is already producing energy, the future is looking brighter. When construction began in December, close to 250 individuals, including 195 Navajos, worked during the six-month period of construction. With the completion of the solar facility, approximately 13,000 homes will […]

June 29, 2017 Read More →

Peabody Seeks a Buyer for Navajo Generating Station

Arizona Republic: The Navajo Nation Council on Monday approved a new $350 million lease for the coal plant near Page that could allow it to remain open another two years. Salt River Project, Arizona Public Service Co., Tucson Electric Power and NV Energy agreed to run the Navajo Generating Station through 2019 if the tribe […]

June 28, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Fate of Navajo Generating Station ‘Likely to Be Significant for the Coal Industry in General’

Seeking Alpha: In concluding highlights of qualitative events that signal big change, I’ve thought for some time that the fate of the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona is likely to be significant for the coal industry in general and Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU) in particular. Navajo Generating Station is a big old and dirty 2.25 GW […]

June 28, 2017 Read More →

Navajo Council Approves Lease Extension for Coal Plant

Associated Press: The Navajo Nation Council has approved legislation that will allow a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona to continue operating through December 2019. The 18-4 vote late Monday means at least 700 jobs at the Navajo Generating Station near Page and the mine that supplies the coal won’t be immediately lost if the […]

June 27, 2017 Read More →