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Title: Navajo Generating Station and Federal Resource Planning; Volume 1: Sectoral, Technical, and Economic Trends

This study for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation examines conditions in the electricity sector that are likely to affect federal decisions with respect to Navajo Generating Station (NGS), the largest coal-fired power plant operating in the western United States. The federal government owns 24.3% of the 2.25-gigawatt plant, which amounts to 547 megawatts (MW) of capacity. By focusing on the unique public interests that depend on the federal share of NGS, this baseline study can help the federal government develop a road map for meeting all of its goals with respect to water delivery, clean energy, emission reduction, and economic development. There is no recommendation for action in this report. Rather, its aim is to provide a credible, thorough description of baseline conditions that might affect federal decisions regarding NGS. It describes facts and trends embedded in current data, but there are no conclusions about how Reclamation or DOI should respond to the trends. The interdependencies among the many sectoral trends and federal goals are complex, and the aim of this study is to provide a foundation from which options can be tested in a deliberate manner.
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  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO (United States)
  3. Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff, AZ (United States)
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Technical Report
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE; Dept. of the Interior (DOI) (United States). Bureau of Reclamation
Contributing Orgs:
Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO (United States); Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff, AZ (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; Navajo Generating Station; coal plant; Arizona; Navajo Nation; Hopi Tribe; electric utilities; Kayenta mine; cost trends; economic competitiveness; natural gas; renewable energy; United States government; Bureau of Reclamation