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IEEFA Arizona: Growing interest in developing Navajo utility-scale solar industry

IEEFA Arizona: Growing interest in developing Navajo utility-scale solar industry

Activity at the community level, within the higher reaches of tribal government, and at the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Oct. 31, 2018 (IEEFA) — Momentum is growing around modernizing tribal renewable-energy policies on the Navajo Nation of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, according to a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report —“Growing Interest in Developing Navajo Utility-Scale Solar Industry: Policy Momentum and Grassroots Support; Vast Tribal […]

October 31, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Arizona: Fast-Track Opportunities Now in Navajo Community-Driven Solar Electricity Generation

IEEFA Arizona: Fast-Track Opportunities Now in Navajo Community-Driven Solar Electricity Generation

Strategically Situated Tribal Lands at the Heart of the American Sunbelt Hold Crucial Market Advantages; Prudent Development Strategies Will Benefit, Protect, and Profit Local People

Jan. 3, 2017 — Locally owned utility-scale solar electricity generation offers Navajo communities an immediate generational economic-development opportunity, concludes a research brief published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and DinéHózhó. The report— “Window of Opportunity: Navajo Solar—A Fast-Track Community-Driven Development Approach” — details how transformative changes in the U.S. electric utility […]

December 22, 2017 Read More →

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A new suitor for Navajo Generating Station?

Associated Press: As states shy away from coal-fired power, a northern Arizona tribe is exploring the purchase of a coal plant on its land. The Navajo Generating Station near the Arizona-Utah border and its feed mine are slated to close at the end of 2019, the victims of cheaper power from natural gas. A potential […]

November 2, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Arizona: Growing interest in developing Navajo utility-scale solar industry

IEEFA Arizona: Growing interest in developing Navajo utility-scale solar industry

Activity at the community level, within the higher reaches of tribal government, and at the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Oct. 31, 2018 (IEEFA) — Momentum is growing around modernizing tribal renewable-energy policies on the Navajo Nation of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, according to a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report —“Growing Interest in Developing Navajo Utility-Scale Solar Industry: Policy Momentum and Grassroots Support; Vast Tribal […]

October 31, 2018 Read More →

Congressional legal analysis another blow to Navajo Generating Station

Bloomberg: One of the nation’s biggest aqueduct systems isn’t legally required to keep buying power from the biggest coal-fired power plant in the West, the Congressional Research Service concluded. The long-awaited report is yet another ominous sign for the Navajo Generating Station in Page, Ariz., because the Central Arizona Project is the plant’s biggest customer. […]

October 26, 2018 Read More →

BNEF: Solar plus storage nearing price parity with gas

Bloomberg: Natural gas-fired power plants will be facing more price competition from solar farms in some parts of the U.S. as falling battery costs make it possible to deliver electricity produced from sunshine even after dark. Solar projects that incorporate storage are becoming cheaper to build per megawatt-hour in parts of the U.S. Southwest than […]

September 18, 2018 Read More →

Navajo Nation begins work on second phase of Kayenta Solar project

KTAR News: A solar facility in Navajo Nation is expected to double the number of homes it can provide renewable energy to over the next year. Navajo Nation broke ground on the second phase of an expansion project that will provide a 28-megawatt addition to the Kayenta Solar generation facility in northeastern Arizona. Under the […]

August 27, 2018 Read More →

Peabody Consultant Says Navajo Plant May Have A Buyer

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): A consultant retained by Peabody Energy Corp. told a U.S. congressional committee that the Navajo Generating Station has the potential to continue to supply power at competitive prices well into the future and a potential buyer is interested. An unnamed investor and operating company have been identified that could keep the plant open, said […]

April 13, 2018 Read More →

Op-Ed: With Power Plant Closure, Navajo Nation Must Seek a Better Future

Arizona Capital Times: I keep expecting to see leadership actively involving communities that have been impacted by the coal mining and the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) power plant. But there is a disturbing silence from Navajo leadership. As a coal company, Peabody won’t face facts that the market for its product is ending. Wealthy executives […]

February 23, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Arizona: Fast-Track Opportunities Now in Navajo Community-Driven Solar Electricity Generation

IEEFA Arizona: Fast-Track Opportunities Now in Navajo Community-Driven Solar Electricity Generation

Strategically Situated Tribal Lands at the Heart of the American Sunbelt Hold Crucial Market Advantages; Prudent Development Strategies Will Benefit, Protect, and Profit Local People

Jan. 3, 2017 — Locally owned utility-scale solar electricity generation offers Navajo communities an immediate generational economic-development opportunity, concludes a research brief published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and DinéHózhó. The report— “Window of Opportunity: Navajo Solar—A Fast-Track Community-Driven Development Approach” — details how transformative changes in the U.S. electric utility […]

December 22, 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 →

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 →