Interior says it supports closure of Navajo Generating Station

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:On Sunday, an Arizona federal judge granted a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that sought to force a state water agency to buy coal-fired electricity.In a legal battle that began nearly a year ago, coal producer Peabody Energy, the Hopi Tribe and the labor union United Mine Workers of America tried to use the courts to pressure the Central Arizona Project (CAP) into returning as a potential buyer for the power of the plant in question, the Navajo Generating Station.The 2.3 GW coal plant is in danger of closing at the end of the year after difficulties to find a buyer for the plant’s output. The plaintiffs have until April 19 to file an amended complaint.As another nail in the coffin of the largest coal-fired facility west of the Mississippi, the legislative branch of the Navajo Nation accepted a resolution on March 21 “to move the Navajo Nation beyond coal source revenues and forward to sustainable, renewable energy sources.”A quarter of the share of NGS is owned by the Department of the Interior, although the Navajo Nation, the second largest Native American tribe in the United States, derives a large portion of its budget from plant lease payments and as a source of employment.“Without a market-based transaction supported by the Navajo Nation to operate NGS after 2019, the Department will support decommissioning of the NGS facilities per the terms of the 2017 Extension Lease to minimize the impacts of a NGS closure,” Molly Block, Interior spokesperson, told Utility Dive via email.More: Federal judge blocks potential path to viability for 2.3 GW Navajo coal plant Interior says it supports closure of Navajo Generating Stationlast_img

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