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My Turn: Renewable energy still has some shortcomings

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017

I’ve been putting this column off all week because I have been promised that sometime today (Monday) a decision will be made on the future of Navajo Generating Station.

On Saturday, I talked to Congressman Tom O’Halleran about NGS and he said it surviving a vote by its owners was unlikely. For those of you who don’t know, NGS is owned by the partners that receive electricity from the plant. To avoid being shut down. NGS must get votes in favor from all five owners.

Those companies are Salt River Project, United States Bureau of Reclamation, Arizona Public Service, Tucson Electric Power and NV Energy out of Nevada. O’Halleran said what I have suspected for weeks — the likely deal breaker is NV Energy. As a state, Nevada has made it clear it wants to move away from coal plants to renewable energy. As a result, NV Energy is more likely to vote to get out of using a coal-powered plant.

To my surprise, the vote was kind of a mixed bag. They voted to keep the plant open short-term, until the end of 2019, with an option for the Indian tribes or others to take over after that.

Like most people, I am a fan of renewable energy. I have toured several wind farms over the years and am amazed at the technology of using wind to produce electricity.

For the complete article see the 02-15-2017 issue.

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