President Shelly Applauds Economic Impact Study of Navajo Generating Station


Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly applauded a recent study that estimates Arizona stands to lose $18 billion between 2017 and 2044 should the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) shut down.

The report, Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine: An Economic Impact Study, was prepared for the Salt River Project (SRP), which owns 21.7 percent of the electric generating unit, and the Navajo Nation by the L. William Seidman Research Institute at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

The study supports Shelly’s defense of the economic vitality of NGS and the Kayenta Mine, the plant's coal supplier.

“I’m happy this study was released. We have known for a long time Navajo Generating Station and the Kayenta Mine had larger economic impacts than just locally. Now we have evidence to prove what we thought,” Shelly said.

The plant and mine are both located in Arizona on the Navajo Nation and employ mostly Navajo workers, the tribe's press release states. Shuttering the plant could result in an annual loss of nearly 3,400 jobs for the period 2017 to 2044—a detrimental consequence for the people living in the area.

“This is just more than a job for these people, it’s a form of self sufficiency," Shelly said. "For a long time, we have talked about becoming a self sufficient tribal nation, these people who work at the power plant and the mine are living examples of self sufficiency."

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