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Shutdown begins at 2,400MW Navajo Generating Station in Arizona, Unit 3 taken out of service

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg Environment:The largest coal plant in the West has shut down one of its three units, marking another step in the plant’s now nearly certain demise.“Unit 3 is indeed offline and will likely remain so unless absolutely needed,” said Scott Harelson, a spokesman for the Salt River Project, which operates the 2,400-megawatt Navajo Generating Station in northeastern Arizona. “This allows us to focus maintenance efforts on the remaining two units while we work to use the remaining coal reserves before we close all the units,” Harelson told Bloomberg Environment.Unit 3, the youngest of NGS’ three units, has been burning coal since it was built in 1976. All three of the plant’s units are the same size, 803 megawatts.The closure on Sept. 19 wasn’t a surprise. Peabody Energy Corp.’s nearby Kayenta Mine sent its last trainload of coal to NGS in late August, according to the company.With no buyers interested in taking over the plant, it is now virtually certain to shut down by Dec. 22, when the current operating lease expires. SRP said in May it wouldn’t entertain any more bids, and it already has begun decommissioning.The plant sits on Navajo land, and the Navajo Nation’s current leadership supports a transition to renewable energy. The tribe announced Sept. 20 the completion of the second phase of its Kayenta Solar generating facility, which pumps out 28 megawatts. Phase one of the plant creates 27.3 megawatts.More: Biggest coal plant in the West closes one of three units Shutdown begins at 2,400MW Navajo Generating Station in Arizona, Unit 3 taken out of servicelast_img read more

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