May 16, 2017
The coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in northeast Arizona provides almost 1,000 jobs between the plant and the mine that supplies it, but the plant’s operators have said they plan to shut it down after 2019. (Photo by Amber Brown/Courtesy SRP)
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Nation’s coal economy was built to be exploited
When Indian Country’s largest coal-fired power plant shuts down, the Navajo Nation will sacrifice hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in revenues after decades of sacrificing its land, water, air, health and lives to provide energy to the residents of Arizona, California and Nevada.
Replacement lease approved in 18-4 vote
On June 26, after more than eight hours of debate, the Navajo Nation Council voted 18-4 to approve a replacement lease for the Navajo Generating Station (NGS), allowing operations of the plant to continue until December 2019.
Budget and Finance committee issues a ‘do not pass’ on legislation with questions over waivers and language in legislation
The Naabik’íyáti’ Committee voted 16-2 June 8 to table legislation (0194-17) which seeks approval from the Navajo Nation Council of an agreement to extend operations of the Navajo Generating Station until the end of December 2019.
Solar power advocates say a 250-megawatt renewable-energy facility could be in place in time for the late-2019 closure of the Navajo Generating Station, if permitting and construction began right away.