Sunday, September 3, 2017

Navajo Generating Station

Hope everybody is having a great Labor Day week-end, nice and warm here in Western Colorado.
I am ready for fall and a cool down, and all the good weather that usually favors us in this part of the
Rocky Mountain West and High Desert Country.

Today I am going to attach an article and series of articles that AZCENTRAL as been presenting in regards to the Page Arizona, Navajo Generating Station owned by several utilities, operated by Salt River Project in Phoenix.  There are a series of articles that you can click on after you click on AZCENTRAL link I have provided at the bottom of the page that will give you a pretty good understanding of what is going with generating plant and the the situation there

There is a lot of controversy going on about coal in the west.  Black Mesa from what I understand is the biggest coal project in the US and feeds the the Navajo Generating Station and employee's a work force made up of 90% Native Americans.  This Utility is planing on shutting dow in 2019.  This will be a big blow to the Navajo and Hopi tribes that mine the coal on Black Mesa which is located near Kayenta AZ.   We are seeing natural gas becoming a cheaper form of energy and much cleaner, this being the primary reason for the shutdown.

The attached link will cover in great detail what is happening on the Reservation in regards to the planned shut down.  If you have been South of Kayenta you will be familiar with the mine location and the electric train that hauls the the coal to the generating station.