Progress in Keeping Nevada/Arizona Coal Plant Open

By PAUL DAVENPORT (AP) — Navajo Nation officials and a power utility that is the Navajo Generating Station’s managing owner are expressing optimism about reaching an agreement soon to keep the coal-fired plant operating through 2019.

The Salt River Project and the tribe said in a joint statement released late Monday they have made “considerable progress” in negotiations toward agreement on a replacement lease, which would preserve jobs and revenue for the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe for at least two more years.

The plant’s owners cited the availability of less expensive power generated by burning natural gas when they announced in February they plan to close it in December 2019 when their lease expires.

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