Navajo Transitional Energy Company
Navajo Transitional Energy Company’s (NTEC) Community Heating Resource Program (CHRP) celebrated its most successful year since the program started by delivering nearly 11,500 tons of coal to keep Navajo families warm. The total value of Navajo Transitional Energy Company’s contribution to the Navajo Nation through Community Heating Resource Program this year is worth over $2 million. All the coal is provided free of charge and no coal is sold to the public.
“We are extremely proud to see how our program has continued to help Navajo people stay warm in the winter months. To see Navajo people, chapters and communities utilize the resources of our coal program shows Navajo Transitional Energy Company is providing a much-needed service to the Navajo people,” said Navajo Transitional Energy Company CEO Clark Moseley.
The success of the program was recognized by Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer during a tour of the Community Heating Resource Program coal facilities and Navajo Mine on Friday.
“I am very appreciative of Navajo Transitional Energy Company’s efforts to assist families through the Community Heating Resource Program, by providing free coal to all 110 chapters during the winter season. Not only does Navajo Transitional Energy Company provide the necessary energy source to power homes and communities, but the company also employs hundreds of Navajo men and women and gives back to our communities through scholarship awards, charitable contributions, and support and relief during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Vice President Myron Lizer.
He also extended his appreciation to the Navajo Mine employees and management working on-site stating, “I thank all of the Navajo Transitional Energy Company employees for investing their talent and skilled workmanship to provide for our communities and their families. I will continue to support Navajo Transitional Energy Company’s commitment to being a resourceful, safe producer of coal, while seeking economic and environmental sustainability for the Navajo people.”
The delivery of nearly 10,600 tons of coal tons this season nearly doubles last year’s output of 5,900 tons. The season started in October last year and closed at the end of March. Community Heating Resource Program serviced more than 9,600 community members directly this season. Community Heating Resource Program provides coal free of cost to Navajo family households and Navajo chapters and Hopi villages. Each family received about one ton of coal.
“We have worked hard to inform Navajo chapters and their communities about Community Heating Resource Program. This past winter season because of COVID our Community Heating Resource Program Informational meetings were held virtually to all 110 Navajo Chapters to let them know we have coal to help their communities stay warm in the winter months. With our huge increase this past season and providing coal to 101 chapter communities, we can see that coal is still a huge heating source for our Navajo families and we will continue to do our part to help with the resources we have,” said Navajo Transitional Energy Company community coordinator Cortasha Upshaw.
When the coal program first started in the 1980s, community members would pick coal and load it themselves. With the recent improvements, community members merely have to drive up and have the coal loaded by equipment. In addition, with modern mining techniques and planning, the quality of coal set aside for the program has increased.
“We dedicate considerable time and resources to make sure this program is successful. From mining the coal to final distribution, we have made many improvements to meet the increased need for coal across the Nation. We always stand ready to ensure this vital resource is available to the Navajo people,” Moseley said.
Other program enhancements include working with the Navajo chapters to arrange and pay for bulk deliveries to the chapters. “With the Navajo Nation spanning 27,000 square miles, we want to make coal available to all Navajo communities who want and need Navajo Mine coal. For example, we have provided coal to such Chapters such as Luepp near Flagstaff, Ariz. and communities close to Page, Ariz. All of which are a three to four hour drive one way. This relieves families of having to drive that far for a load of coal,” Moseley added.
“We have received many comments of gratitude from community members for the coal. Elders especially were happy we loaded the coal for them and how quick the process was. Chapters that were far away were happy we were able to deliver coal to their communities so elders wouldn’t have to drive far. So the changes we made this year were a success for Community Heating Resource Program because we were able to deliver more coal to more communities,” Upshaw added.
Next winter’s (2021-22) Community Heating Resource Program will commence with chapter outreach and meetings over the summer and Navajo Transitional Energy Company anticipates coal deliveries to start in August.
About Navajo Transitional Energy Company
Navajo Transitional Energy Company is a single member limited liability company, organized under the laws of the Navajo Nation, that owns mines in New Mexico, Wyoming, and Montana. The mission of Navajo Transitional Energy Company is to be a reliable, safe producer of coal, while diversifying the Navajo Nation’s energy resources to create economic sustainability for the Nation and the Navajo people. Navajo Transitional Energy Company is 100 percent owned by the Navajo Nation. For more information about Navajo Transitional Energy Company, visit www.navajo-tec.com.