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Hydropower’s future clouded by drought, floods & climate change – it’s also essential to U.S. electric grid

The water in Lake Powell has fallen so low amid the Western drought that federal officials are resorting to emergency measures to avoid shutting down hydroelectric power at the Glen Canyon Dam - and it isn’t the only U.S. hydropower plant in trouble.... Read more»

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Light Up Navajo initiative helps tribe with 'life-changing' access to electrical grid

Light Up Navajo III, a mutual aid project that extends service to Navajo homes without electricity - and where local Navajo utility crews work alongside other utility companies - is working to provide utilities a lot of people take for granted.... Read more»

'Light Up Navajo' initiative aims to connect 300 families to the electrical grid

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is working with utility crews from across the U.S. to extend power lines and bring electricity to the approximately 15,000 families on the Navajo Nation who live without as part of the Light Up Navajo III initiative. ... Read more»

States use Hurricane Ida damage to push infrastructure bill

Pointing to stark pictures of inundated buildings and washed-out cars from Hurricane Ida, state and city officials are pressing Congress to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure bill.... Read more»

Analysis

Biden’s proposed tenfold increase in solar power would remake the U.S. electricity system

President Biden called for major clean energy investments as a way to curb climate change and generate jobs after the White House released a report that found that solar power could generate up to 45% of the U.S. electricity supply by 2050, compared to less than 4% today. ... Read more»

40 million people rely on the Colorado River. It’s drying up fast.

One of the country’s most important sources of fresh water is in peril, the latest victim of the accelerating climate crisis and a growing population that, even as the drought worsened over recent decades, ranked among the fastest-growing places in the country.... Read more»

Tribal officials outline infrastructure gap ‘big as the Grand Canyon’

Witnesses at the House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing Wednesday cited statistics that depict a bleak picture of infrastructure on reservations, including water and electricity, and said that even those numbers were likely overly optimistic. “It’s time for America to support the Navajo Nation and all Indigenous communities and invest in utility infrastructure,” said Walter Haase, general manager of the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.... Read more»

Navajo Nation rushes to beat use-or-lose deadline on COVID-19 relief funds

Spending $177 million may not seem like a problem, but it is a challenge for Navajo Nation leaders who could lose those funds if they don’t find projects that can be completed by the end of this year.... Read more»

Despite slight dip, Phoenix still ranks high for solar power in cities

Phoenix dipped slightly in a national ranking of solar power capacity, even as the total amount of power generated and the power per person increased from last year, according to a national report.... Read more»

No money, no cooling: Shutoff of senior woman’s electricity leads to calls for reform

The death of an elderly Sun City woman after her power was cut off has prompted discussions with the Arizona Corporation Commission of a moratorium on disconnections during summer months.... Read more»

Most states legalizing pot growing have yet to grapple with power demand

States legalizing cannabis so far have done little to limit or even track the huge amounts of energy needed to grow it indoors. ... Read more»

Sunlight for nighttime: Az’s largest utility plans to expand solar battery storage

Arizona Public Service Co., is investing in tech required to make solar power work for customers even after the sun goes down.... Read more»

Navajo group takes protest against coal-fired power plant to Manhattan

A group of Navajo environmentalists took their fight against the Navajo Generating Station to Manhattan on Monday, where they protested outside the offices of an investment firm that might save the Arizona electrical plant.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Durham: Why I voted to OK TEP's natural gas power plant upgrade

City Councilman Paul Durham: As you know, sustainable power generation, clean air and reducing our carbon footprint are high on my priority list. Since I took office, I've pushed the city to make our buildings more energy efficient and install more solar. So I questioned TEP pretty hardabout the RICE plant. Here's what I learned. ... Read more»

Tribe OKs plan to begin shutdown of Navajo Generating Station

The lights will stay on at the Navajo Generating Station until 2019 as the Navajo Nation Council voted 18-4, after hours of debate Monday, for a new agreement with the plant’s operators. The new lease agreement allows for decades of decommissioning work to begin in 2019 and includes amendments giving the tribe control of water to the plant and some of its assets.... 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»

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