Navajo Generating Station and Federal Resource Planning; Volume 1: Sectoral, Technical, and Economic Trends

David Hurlbut, Scott Haase, Clayton Barrows, Gregory Brinkman, Jeffrey Cook, Megan Day, Victor Diakov, Elaine Hale, David Keyser, Anthony Lopez, Trieu Mai, Joyce McLaren, Harvey Cutler, Dominique Bain, Tom Acker, Lori Bird, Emerson Reiter, Tian Tian

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This study for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation examines conditions in the electricity sector that are likely to affect federal decisions with respect to Navajo Generating Station (NGS), the largest coal-fired power plant operating in the western United States. The federal government owns 24.3% of the 2.25-gigawatt plant, which amounts to 547 megawatts (MW) of capacity. By focusing on the unique public interests that depend on the federal share of NGS, this baseline study can help the federal government develop a road map for meeting all of its goals with respect to water delivery, clean energy, emission reduction, and economic development. There is no recommendation for action in this report. Rather, its aim is to provide a credible, thorough description of baseline conditions that might affect federal decisions regarding NGS. It describes facts and trends embedded in current data, but there are no conclusions about how Reclamation or DOI should respond to the trends. The interdependencies among the many sectoral trends and federal goals are complex, and the aim of this study is to provide a foundation from which options can be tested in a deliberate manner.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages182
StatePublished - 2016

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-66506


  • Arizona
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • coal plant
  • cost trends
  • economic competitiveness
  • electric utilities
  • Hopi Tribe
  • Kayenta mine
  • natural gas
  • Navajo Generating Station
  • Navajo Nation
  • renewable energy
  • United States government


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