‘Difficult but Necessary’
One of the largest coal-fired power plants in the Southwest has ceased operation. Utility Salt River Project (SRP) said it has permanently shut down all three units of the nearly 50-year-old Navajo Generating Station (NGS), located in Arizona. The operator blamed the “changing economics of [the] energy industry.”
“NGS will always be remembered as a coal-fired workhorse whose employees made it one of the safest and most reliable power plants in the nation,” SRP CEO and General Manager Mike Hummel said on Nov. 18. SRP explained that the shuttering of the 2,250-megawatt plant “was a difficult but necessary decision based on the changing economics of the energy industry that [have] seen natural gas prices sink to record lows along with the growth of economical renewable resources.”
For more on the shuttering of NGS, see https://srp.net/2rd19LO.