"Navajo Nation Votes To End Efforts To Purchase Coal-Fired Power Plant"

"The last lifeline for the Navajo Generating Station coal-fired power plant near Page was cut Thursday night when Navajo lawmakers voted to end their efforts to acquire the plant and keep it running.

The utilities that co-own the plant — Salt River Project, Arizona Public Service Co., Tucson Electric Power and NV Energy — decided in 2017 to close it this December because it was no longer running economically.

After failing to find any other utility willing to buy the plant, the mining company that supplies it with coal and the Navajo and Hopi tribes had hoped that a Navajo enterprise called the Navajo Transitional Energy Co. would take over operations.

But that won't happen. A committee of Navajo Nation Council delegates voted 11-9 to end their pursuit Thursday."

Ryan Randazzo and Noel Lyn Smith report for the Arizona Republic March 22, 2019.

Source: Arizona Republic, 03/26/2019