Transmissions lines on the Navajo Nation. They could be used to send clean energy to Los Angeles. For more than 40 years, the Navajo Nation helped power the city of Los Angeles through a dirty coal plant on the reservation. The Navajo Generating Station closed late last year , but the link between the city and the Navajo Nation may live on in a way that’s much more healthy. Leaders are looking to renewables to generate power for Los Angeles and revenue for the Navajo Nation without the health risks posed by dirty air. Last month, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to partner with the tribe to turn the former coal plant—which the city partially owned—into a renewable energy hub, including wind, solar, and hydro. Council Member Mitch O’Farrell, the first Los Angeles council member from a federally recognized tribe, spearheaded the initiative and got his colleagues on board. The deal isn’t yet solidified; the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power still has to conduct a feasibility study over the next few weeks to ensure this partnership wouldn’t be too costly on city ratepayers or the Navajo Nation. But if done right, the project could be […]


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