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Navajo Generating Station Burns Last Amounts Of Coal Monday And Is Now Closed

The Navajo Generating Station, located in northeastern Arizona on the Navajo Indian Reservation, serves electric customers throughout Arizona, Nevada and California. Participants in the coal-fired plant include the Bureau of Reclamation, Salt River Project (SRP), Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Arizona Public Service Co., Nevada Power, and Tucson Electric Power. The Colorado River Basin Project Act allowed the federal government to participate in the non-federal Navajo Generating Station - NGS, near Page, Arizona, to provide power for pumping water along the Central Arizona Project - CAP aqueduct. Construction of the Navajo Generating Station began in April 1970 and was completed and placed in operation on April 30, 1976.

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The Navajo Generating Station in Page has shut down. Salt River Project announced Monday the plant burned the remainder of its coal just after noon Monday. Four of the five utilities that owned the plant near Page, decided to pull out of owning it in 2017. One of the four, SRP, says their decision was because the cost of electricity from the coal-burning plant was more expensive than power generated by burning natural gas. SRP said last week of the 433 workers who were at the plant before the closure was announced, about 280 accepted offers to relocate to jobs in different facilities within the company, while others either refused or opted to retire. Work will now begin on decommissioning the plant, which is expected to take at least two years. NGS opened in 1976.