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White House aims to keep coal-fired power station
Energy companies are getting into other forms of energy, but to remain a coal-fired power plant hopes.
PAGE, Arizona. – How many coal-fired power plants across the country, the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona, employs hundreds of workers on the verge of closing.
The struggling company is expected to be closed in the next year, once a utility company takes ownership.
But the trump administration, and have vowed to save it – by might force, in the vicinity of the power company the use of its facilities.
President Trump – officer at the U.S. Department of the interior, Timothy Petty, Deputy Minister for water and science, wrote a letter to Central Arizona project—a water company uses electricity from the coal-fired power plant – says the Agency that you need to have the legal “authority” to the use of the coal plant.
The Navajo Generation Station is situated on the largest Native American reservation and is the largest coal-fired power station in the West
In the letter, dated 1. In June, Petty said, the 1968 Colorado River Basin project is the Minister of the interior Ryan Zinke, the decide, the authority to which energy is to use the source of the project.
To examine “the 1968 Act in mind, the expected Department, various options for the future, including the examination of whether the continued use of NGS-voltage,” the letter said.
This could be a much-needed lifeline for the coal-fired power plant, as it struggles to stay up and running
Tom McCann, CAP, deputy general manager, said he is looking at it from an economic point of view and want the most cost-effective option.
The letter from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Central Arizona Project, in the hope to continue talks to keep the Navajo Generating Station-the largest coal-power plant in the West: pic.twitter.com/1CBw8EkZpE
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“Whether this energy comes from coal or solar or nuclear, and where it comes from—I don ‘T care,” said McCann. “I want the water reliably at the lowest possible cost.”
The two sides will continue negotiations to the coal plant for the future to find out.
Karin Wadsack, earth and environment, head of the project at Northern Arizona University, said that coal is the most expensive option.
“At this point, the cost of electricity from coal, which is stable over a very long period of time, is no longer competitive with the other sources,” said Wadsack, by the hydraulic fracking, natural gas, wind and solar power are cheaper options.
Myron Richardson, a miner in Kayenta mine, in the picture with his wife. “This is the home…why can’t I have the same Chance as everyone else in the world from home-why do I have to go, because you will want to turn off the plant earlier than what the Federal government regulates,” said Richardson.
She also has concerns about the Federal government perform, the decisions in the field of energy.
“This is the market, and is said to have been at the end of an economic effect on the cost of electricity,” Wadsack. “So that waves back to all the people who pay for electricity.”
But this plant is particularly unique in that it is operated and run on of the largest Native American reservation in the country, the Navajo Nation, which is comparable in size to the state of West Virginia. The NGS has 750 employees, and 90 percent of them are Native American.
Marie justice a miner for three decades and said the U.S. Department of the interior has a responsibility to keep the facility open after logging in, a 70-year-contract, decades ago, that should not end until 2044.
“For me, it is a chance to be home, to be where I grew up,” said the judge, is part of the Navajo Nation. “This (is) my home.”
U.S. coal-mining industry began in the mid-1700’s or even dates all the way to the 1300’s, when Native Americans used coal for cooking and heating.
“We, as miners, to the available energy provided by the second world war and through the years. And, all of a sudden, at this point, everyone is running,” justice said. “But you know what? This has the constant energy for this country.”
The potential shutdown of the coal-has triggered a company-rallies at the State House, and even lawsuits.
“At this point, the cost of electricity from coal, Karin Wadsack said to be stable over a very long period of time, is competitive with the other sources”.
Peabody Energy, the United Mine Workers Association, and the Hopi Tribe to sue Central Arizona. In a press release, have they said NGS was built at the direction of the Federal government serve as a source of energy for the CAP, and “to meet the Federal government’s trust responsibility through the creation of jobs and revenue for the Hopi. Much of Arizona’s growth and prosperity, come from the generation of affordable electricity and access to water.”
Justice believes the price of natural gas is volatile and miner Myron Richardson, also a part of the Navajo Nation, said that coal is reliable.
“This is home, everything you see here is home for me. Why can’t I have the same Chance as everyone else in the world from home?” Richardson said. “Why did I leave, because you will want to turn off the plant earlier than what the Federal government regulates?”
Charlie Lapastora is a multimedia reporter based in Phoenix, Arizona.