Rep. O’Halleran Applauds “Positive Step” on Extending NGS Operations

February 13, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, owners of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) voted to seek an agreement with the Navajo Nation to continue operating the plant through 2019. Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) released the following statement regarding the decision:

“Today’s vote to work with the Navajo Nation to keep the Navajo Generating Station operational until the end of 2019 is a positive step forward that allows the entire Arizona delegation and the State of Arizona to continue working with plant owners, tribal leaders, and neighboring communities to provide energy and economic security to the region,” said Rep. O’Halleran.

Since being sworn in to Congress to represent the 1st District, Rep. O’Halleran has met with owners of the Navajo Generating Station, Navajo and Hopi leaders, and other key stakeholders to discuss the future of the coal-fired plant. Last week, O’Halleran sent a letter to the Bureau of Reclamation requesting the agency explore every possible opportunity to keep NGS operating and providing dependable power to the citizens of Arizona.

“I am committed to working towards a long-term solution that includes extending energy production at the Navajo Generating Station,” said O’Halleran. “I will also work with my colleagues to attract businesses and industry to our rural communities and ensure our workers have the tools they need to succeed. Together, we must invest in skills training and education programs for communities who are impacted by ongoing market changes in our energy sector.”

NGS is a coal-fired power plant located on the Navajo Nation and plays a pivotal role in providing power and water to stakeholders across Arizona. It is owned by Salt River Project, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Arizona Public Service, NV Energy, and Tucson Electric Power. NGS provides more than 90% of the power the Central Arizona Project needs to deliver water to downstream users.