Coal plant closure signals major changes for Central Arizona Project

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By Danielle Izzo | Breaking Energy

Arizona utilities have come to an agreement on the future of the operations at the Navajo Generating Station. Their recent decision will result in the closing of the coal plant, which has been a key energy source for the Central Arizona Project.

The Central Arizona Project, which makes use of power to transport water to the desert areas of Arizona, will be turning away from coal plants, like the Navajo Generating Station, and looking towards a future of new energy solutions.

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The move away from coal has not been a simple, one-sided argument. There has been a great deal of debate between coal supporters and environmental advocates. Supporters for the use of coal and the operation of the Navajo Generating Station want the decision to stop station operation to be overturned. They feel that the closure of the power plant will put reliability at risk, which is not an option for the Central Arizona Project, providing water for many Arizona residents. Environmental advocates make up the opposition. In their opinion, the closure of the power plant will clear the way for renewable energy options to take hold and power the project.

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