The closing of coal fire power generation units is the trend now in the Navajo reservation

The San Juan Generating Station is a coal-fired electric power plant located by its coal source, the San Juan Mine, near Waterflow, New Mexico, which is near Shiprock, New Mexico. The Public Service Company of New Mexico, the Tucson Electric Power and the Farmington Electric Utility System are owners of this power station

There were four units there and Unit 2 and Unit 3 were shut down in 2017 and Units 1 and 4 with be retired in 2022.

San Juan Generation Station

To date the following coal generating plants have been retired from service or will be shut down in the future. Costing many jobs and millions of dollars in environmental clean up.

  • Page Generating Unit 2019
  • Prewitt Escalante station 2020
  • San Juan Generation Station -Unit 2 & 3 in 2017 and Unit 1 and 4 in 2022
  • Cholla Power stations Unit 2 retired in 2016, Unit 4 is scheduled to be retired in 2020 and Unit 1 and 3 are scheduled to be retired in 2025
  • Springerville Coal Generationg plant with 4 units. No retirement date scheduled 3 units Lee Ranch Mine, NM supplies coal for Units 1 and 2. Unit 3 mainly receives its coal supply by rail from North Antelope Rochelle Mine, around 65 miles south of Gillette, Wyoming. Coal is delivered monthly by ten trains with 128, 120t railcars
  • Coronado Generation Station 2 units scheduled shut down after 2014. Coal source from McKinley mine in NM and Power River basin in Wyoming
  • Apache Generation Station no retirement date scheduled
  • 28 % of the power in Arizona is now derived from 3 nuclear plants.
  • Solar 6% 290 megawatt farm near Yuma and 25 megawatt in Kayenta
  • 6 % Hydroelectric from Glen Canyon, Hoover dams, Parker Etc.
  • Less than 1% wind Tuscon Electric power is building a wind farm in New Mexico
  • 33 % natural gas generating plants estimated 15 plants with most of them in Maricopa County.
  • 27% coal and this will be drastically reduced be 2020

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