Evolving Past Coal – The Navajo Case (Th, Oct 26)

Dave Hurlbut, NREL
Evolving Past Coal – The Navajo Case
Thur, Oct 26, 2017, 7pm. 14350 W. 32nd Ave. Golden, CO

What will happen to the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe when/if the Navajo Generating Station—the largest coal-fired power plant in the West, located on the Navajo Reservation—closes in 2019? 

Jobs will obviously disappear, as will health impacts from mining and burning coal. But tribal leadership is also hoping to seize new economic opportunities by promoting large-scale development of clean energy, especially solar. 

New perspectives are urgently sought to re-develop in this desert climate, as the window of opportunity is limited by impending reductions in federal incentives for solar power.

David Hurlbut is a Senior Analyst in NREL’s Markets & Policy Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center who has worked with the Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe, and the US Bureau of Reclamation on issues surrounding the Navajo Generating Station for several years.

Stay afterwards for a reception with food, drinks and conversations. Contact: Phil Nelson: philhnelson@aol.com

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Our November event is on the 5th Thursday (after Thanksgiving) on Nov. 30, featuring Steve Stevens on Beyond Net Zero: Ethics, Principles,and Practice of Personal Sustainability