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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»

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'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»

Antitrust suit can proceed against SRP over charges to solar customers

A federal appeals court said Monday that SRP customers - about 1 million in Arizona - who also have solar panels at their homes can pursue an antitrust claim against the utility for a policy of charging them more than other customers. ... Read more»

SRP lowers Salt River water levels, reducing eelgrass for Arizona's wild horses

The banks of the Salt River are home to about 440 wild horses in the Tonto National Forest, and they depend on the river for food and water - now, advocates again are worried the Salt River Project is jeopardizing that food source by reducing releases from Saguaro Lake. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Schaller: Arizona's coming water shortage: Getting the story right

Pending cutbacks mean Arizona will lose fully one-third of our annual allocation of Colorado River water — with even more punitive cuts pending. As Lake Mead’s dire water level begins to capture public attention, a complex situation grows more challenging to understand even on a good day.... Read more»

Arizona readies for cuts in Colorado River water allocation

Leaders from Reclamation, the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Central Arizona Project, which delivers much of the state’s share of the river to more than half its residents, offered a glimpse Thursday of where Arizona stands with the shortage looming.... Read more»

SRP confirms last day for Navajo Generating Station just days away

The Navajo Generating Station will shut down for good in a matter of days, the plant’s owners announced last week, once the plant burns through its remaining supply of coal.... Read more»

Global economist warns Az business leaders of possible 2020 recession

Consumer spending is up and economic growth in Arizona and the rest of the U.S. is on the rise, but investor caution is one sign pointing to a potential recession in 2020, a global economist told Arizona business leaders.... Read more»1

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»

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»

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