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Biggest Coal Plant in U.S. West Gets Another 2 Years to Live

  • Navajo Nation has spent months fighting to keep the plant open
  • Navajo power plant facing closure amid cheaper natural gas
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The Navajo generating station, the biggest coal-fired power plant in the U.S. West, will live to see another two years.

On Monday, Navajo Nation leaders approved a lease with the plant’s utility owners that will keep the ailing, 2,250-megawatt complex operating through December 2019. The owners signaled on Tuesday that they’ll sign the deal this week, the Navajo Nation Council said by email.