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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.
Coal is the backbone of the American energy for centuries. But today, you can find the company, what they say, are more cost-efficient sources of energy, such as natural gas or solar.
It is the reason why the Salt River project, part owners of the NGS is the largest coal-fired power plant in the Western power supply in many parts of Arizona, Nevada and California—plan to shut down all operations until the end of 2019.
“Forward, the plant will go, when we have it operated through 2019, together, we appreciate, we lose anywhere from 130 to 150 million dollars annually would have said,” Scott Harelson, SRP spokesman,. “The cost would be to have our customers impacted and caused to rise your invoices, and we just could.”
The Navajo Generation Station is situated on the largest Native American reservation and is the largest coal-fired power station in the West
Coal was on the decline as of recent. In the year 2016, coal production declined by 18.8 percent compared to the previous year, the lowest annual production level since 1979; and the average number of U.S. coal-mine employees declined from 21.5 percent.
Also with the coal drop-off, the President of Trump management hopes to keep coal.
“In other countries, they love their coal,” President Trump said. “Here, we have not treated it with the respect it deserves. Also, for the defense, with that coal is a very important thing for us.”
In Arizona, the Federal government is also looking to step in and keep the Navajo Generating Station, the light is on. President Trump – representative in 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, promoting further discussion with the hope of keeping the plant in operation.
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
— Charlie Lapastora (@charlielap) June 22, 2018
“The interior Ministry is not sure what the answer is,” Tom McCann, CAP, deputy general manager, said. “They had no answer. You simple questions and asked for continuation of the dialogue. We are still willing to debate with you about the future of the NGS and the sources of power of the Central Arizona project.”
“The interior Ministry is obliged to try to get a post-2019 economically viable operating plan for NGS,” Dan DuBray, The Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation public affairs chief, said. “Interior activities with countless NGS stakeholders – including our discussions with the Navajo Nation, the Hopi tribe, several tribes, who rely on CAP water-and productive.”
“Whether this energy comes from coal or solar or nuclear, and where it comes from—I don’t care—I want the water reliably at the lowest possible cost,” says McCann.
But, Karin Wadsack, Northern Arizona University, earth and environment head of the project, says that the cost of electricity coal, which is stable over a long period of time, is no longer competitive with other energy sources, such as hydraulic fracking, natural gas, wind and solar energy.
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.
“At this point, the cost of electricity from coal, which is said to be stable over a very long period of time, is competitive with the other sources,” Wadsack. “This is something that, to me, only a question of the technology progress. We could not use natural gas to extract the same price from 20 years ago than we do now, so natural gas power plants more competitive…Because we have invented electricity 125 years ago, things have developed and changed how we get our electricity, the cost of electricity to us What we consider we think about the cost of electricity.”
Wadsack has also raised 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.”
Harelson said SRP, together with the three other utility owners and the Department of the interior, which also met the owner of the facility, ‘the difficult decision”, in February of 2017 to the end of operations and give some time for current employees to find work.
But this work is 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.
“I think, in the world, we are away from coal, Wadsack said. “It is really unfortunate for the people whose lives are dependent on coal mining, and for the people who are restricted geographically. So, whether we are talking about someone who works at the Kayenta coal mine, or someone who works in a coal mine in Wyoming or West Virginia, and the family has been there for five generations or eight generations, this is hard.”
While SRP offered to full-time employees positions elsewhere, over 90 per cent of the workers are of the Indians—including the Peabody Energy’s Kayenta mine, the coal for the plant.
Marie justice a miner for three decades and says 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.
“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”.
“For me, it is a chance to be home, to be where I grew up—the (is) my home,” justice, which is a part of the Navajo Nation, said.
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—up to about 100 years ago, when the carbon abundance made for a widespread use in heating and generate electricity across the country. Today, 56 percent of the electricity in the U.S. is generated by coal.
“We, as miners, to the available energy provided by the second world war and over the years; and suddenly, at this point, everyone is running,” justice said. “But you know what—this is the constant energy for this country.”
With coal-fired power plants shut down nationwide, while the Federal government tries to step in and keep a few around—it makes for a complex dialogue to find solutions, with the development of new energy sources, while the communities rely on the coal industry.
Wadsack, the partnership with the NAU and the tribes that are affected by the potential closure of the Navajo coal-fired power station in the last ten years.
“No community wants to have all her eggs in one basket,” Wadsack. “Nobody wants to be your community completely to a factor or a mine or something else, because it makes you very vulnerable. So, for the municipalities across the country that rely coal, if you have more options, different types, how they develop their investment portfolio, they are less vulnerable, and you are more able to weather the storm, as we do, through the generation of electricity by other changes in the industry.”
Peabody Energy, the United Mine Workers Association, and the Hopi tribe (miners are suing a part of this tribe of Indians) of Central Arizona. In a press release that it was built jointly say NGS in the management of the Federal government’s source for the CAP and “to meet the Federal government’s trust responsibility through the creation of jobs and revenue for the Hopi. serve as an energy 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, says coal is a reliable.
“This is home, everything you see here is home to me…why can’t I have the same Chance as any other work in the world from home.–why do I have to go, because you will want to turn off the plant earlier than the, which regulates the Federal government,” said Richardson.
“Tribal leaders agreed to develop the, to move a mine and a power plant on the sovereign countries with tribally owned by the coal, water is an important source of income for 70 years” Timothy Nuvangyaom, Hopi Chairman, said the state, with the certainty that we would receive, in a press release. “The loss of 85 per cent of our annual General Fund is based on the whims of the utility owner and the CAP would be devastating to the Hopi people. CAP staff can not be allowed to continue this illegal practice. This system should operate, and a further quarter of a century, as Congress intended.”
Talks between the CAP and the Department of the interior, as the carbon-energy-debate continues nationwide.
Charlie Lapastora is a multimedia reporter based in Phoenix, Arizona.