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Long-running coal plant on Navajo Nation stops production

Nov. 18, 2019 11:21 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A massive coal-fired power plant that served customers in the West for nearly 50 years shut down Monday, the latest closure in a shift away from coal and toward renewable energy and cheaper power. The Navajo Generating Station near the Arizona-Utah line was expected to shutter by...

Colstrip owner pushes closure past Christmas

Nov. 17, 2019 1:57 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The owner of two Colstrip Power Plant units earlier slated for December closure will continue to operate into January. The Billings Gazette reports that Talen Energy reported this past week that post-shutdown work will likely delay job cuts into mid-2020. The company says postponing...

Colorado commissioners approve land request for solar farm

Nov. 14, 2019 3:06 PM EST

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Colorado county commissioners have approved a land-use application for a 18,000-panel solar facility to help promote green energy. Aspen Daily News reports that Pitkin County commissioners unanimously approved the request Wednesday citing it as an important step in reducing the...

Navajo leader: Tribe won't back energy company's new mines

Nov. 12, 2019 11:05 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation will not financially back bonds a tribal energy company needs for a trio of newly acquired coal mines off the reservation, the tribal president said Tuesday, explaining that it's too risky and his administration wants the company to move away from coal. The Navajo...

Legislators revisit landmark energy law for New Mexico

Nov. 7, 2019 7:34 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Leading legislators lashed out at the state's utility regulators and rallied around a landmark energy law that would divest the state's main investor-owned utility from a coal-fired power plant and guide new investments in renewable energy. Lawmakers including Democratic House Speaker...

The Latest: Legislators say utility regulators undermine law

Nov. 7, 2019 3:14 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a disputed New Mexico energy law (all times local): 1 p.m. Legislators are mounting a vigorous defense of their authority to determine financial arrangement to close a major coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico and to guide new energy investments toward...

Time running out for proposed Kansas coal-fired power plant

Nov. 7, 2019 12:44 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Time is running out to begin construction on a new coal-fired power plant in Kansas before its permit lapses. The battle over the plant has lasted more than a decade and by the time the Kansas Supreme Court cleared the way for construction in 2017, a company involved in it called the...

Trump administration eases Obama-era rules on coal pollution

Nov. 4, 2019 4:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration accelerated the pace of its environmental rollbacks for the country's coal-fired power plants Monday, proposing to weaken two Obama-era rules aimed at cleaning up dangerous heavy metals and ash from coal plants and keeping them from washing into groundwater and...

Coal plant on tribal land to close after powering US West

Nov. 3, 2019 3:21 AM EST

ALONG THE BLACK MESA AND LAKE POWELL RAILROAD, Ariz. (AP) — Ron Little nestles into a familiar seat aboard a train locomotive and slides the window open, leaning out to get a better view of dozens of rail cars that stretch for a mile behind and the landscape he knows so well. The heavy steel wheels roll...

Group starts petition against New Mexico energy law

Oct. 31, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An advocacy group that supports New Mexico's traditional energy industry has started a petition drive aimed at a new state law that mandates more electricity be generated from renewable resources. Power the Future rolled out its petition Thursday. The group's western states...