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Water savings & checking accounts: How cities bank on future supply underground

Phoenix-area cities rely mostly on dams and reservoirs for their water needs, but the snowpack feeding those reservoirs was near record low this year. That means managers are looking to future water supplies underground.... Read more»

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Potential buyers could keep Navajo Generating Station open

Navajo leaders expressed hope Monday that the Navajo Generating Station will be able to continue operations past 2019, after Peabody Energy said it had come up with a list of potential investors in the plant.... Read more»

Solar could replace Navajo Generating Station power, but not its jobs

Solar power advocates say a 250-megawatt renewable-energy facility could be in place in time for the late-2019 closure of the Navajo Generating Station, if permitting and construction began right away.... Read more»

SRP gets failing grade for transparency of online financial records

Arizona’s Salt River Project earned failing marks for the transparency of its online financial records, one of more than half of special districts nationwide to fail in a new report on districts that provide services independently of state or local jurisdictions.... Read more»

Solar jobs continue growth in Arizona, not as fast as rest of nation

Arizona saw a 6 percent increase in solar jobs in 2016, bouncing back from a sharp drop the year before but still trailing well behind the national average growth of 25 percent in solar jobs.... Read more»

9th Circuit rejects cases on Navajo Generating Station impact & closing

A federal appeals court rejected two cases related to the Navajo Generating Station, one that aimed to tighten environmental restrictions on the coal-fired power plant and another questioned the process that calls for the plant’s closure.... Read more»

Hard choices ahead as officials look at future of Navajo power plant

Despite pledges to look for alternatives, closing the Navajo Generating Station in Page could devastate the economy of the small Northern Arizona town, where hundreds of jobs rely on the plant and affiliated coal mine and where experts see few, if any, workable solutions.... Read more»

With coal-fired power costs high, TEP's Navajo Generating Station to close by 2019

The owners of the Navajo Generating Station in Page voted today to keep the plant operating until its lease ends in December 2019, pending agreement with the Navajo Nation on site reclamation. The coal-fired plant has been under financial pressure from historically low natural gas prices.... Read more»

Navajo power plant’s future uncertain, as natural gas costs fall

With record-low natural gas prices continuing to undercut coal, owners of the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in Page could decide this spring whether they can afford to keep operating the plant or have to shut it down.... Read more»

Future of solar threatened in nationwide fight over incentives

Two sun-drenched states have lately come to very different conclusions on a controversial solar power incentive essential to the industry's growth. How the Arizona Corporation Commission rules on UniSource's rate case is expected to signal how it will approach rate cases from five other state utilities.... Read more»

Court upholds EPA-ordered emissions rules for Coronado power plant

A federal appeals court Wednesday said the Environmental Protection Agency acted properly when it rejected Arizona’s pollution-control plan for the Coronado Generating Station and imposed its own strict emission limits instead.... Read more»

Feds announce $160M settlement of Four Corners Power Plant lawsuit

Utility companies in Arizona and New Mexico will spend up to $160 million on new technology to cut harmful emissions from the Four Corners Power Plant, under a consent decree announced by the federal government Wednesday.... Read more»

Killing the Colorado

The Az power plant fueling America's drought

Arizona's Navajo Generating Station, the West's largest power plant, is consuming 22,000 tons of coal and emitting 44,000 tons of carbon dioxide each day, in large part to deliver Arizona’s water. ... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Surviving drought the hard way

Can Arizona survive the drought caused by man-made climate change? Probably. The question is whether it will be the easy way or the hard way.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Colorado River and drought: Arizona's dam problem

Our current drought is the worst in a century (it is actually worse than that, but such is the record keeping), and less water will be sent downstream to Arizona, Nevada and California than at any time since when Lake Powell filled. The local-yokels say, it's no big deal. But they always say that. It is a big deal.... Read more»1

3 Az-run power plants make list of nation’s 50 dirtiest

The Navajo Generating Station, Four Corners Power Plant and Springerville Generating Station were 10th-, 15th- and 34th-dirtiest in the nation in the report. But plant officials called that misleading, saying the report does not consider the power generated by those plants. ... Read more»

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