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Utility regulators OK lower funding for transition from coal

Ryan Heinsius
The coal-fired Navajo Generating Station near Page was closed in 2019 and its stacks were demolished in Dec. 2020.

Tribal grassroots groups say the Arizona Corporation Commission has approved a portion of the recommended funding for tribal and rural communities to transition from coal economies.

Navajo grassroots groups say a judge overseeing the proceedings had recommended a minimum payment of $50 million to the Navajo Nation, nearly $1.7 million to the Hopi Tribe and $5 million to Navajo County communities.

But the groups say the commission voted Tuesday to give the communities far less. The commission is meeting this week as part of proceedings for a rate increase request from Arizona Public Service Co.