Navajo coal plant is the next to close; the end of an industry

Navajo coal plant is the next to close; the end of an industry

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The closure of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation sooner than expected will be a major blow to a region where coal has been a mainstay of the economy for decades.

The Arizona Public Service Co. now plans to shutter the Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington, New Mexico, in 2031 when its coal contract expires rather than wait until 2038.

The news came as New Mexico regulators consider plans for the 2022 closure of San Juan Generating Station, another coal-fired power plant just miles away off the Navajo reservation.

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