Studies on Navajo coal plant’s future poles apart

Joe Frazier, the plant manager at Navajo Generating Station, gives a presentation in Page earlier this month./ Emery Cowan

By Emery Cowan | Arizona Daily Sun

As tribal lawmakers, federal agencies and private industry continue to work out a plan for the future of Navajo Generating Station near Page, energy analysts have come up with their own assessments of the economic viability of the power plant. While they present a range of conclusions, many cast doubt on the future profitability of the coal-fired power plant.

Rebutting those bleaker predictions is a report commissioned by Peabody Energy, the sole supplier of coal to NGS. The report, produced by Navigant Consulting, contends that continuing operations at the plant would be economically viable through 2040 and is hundreds of millions of dollars cheaper than finding an alternative source of power into the future.

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