Just & Equitable Transition – Navajo


Several major coal-fired power plants that have helped ensure a reliable supply of electricity for Arizonans for decades have recently closed or are on the brink of closure. These plants include the Navajo Generating Station (NGS), the Four Corners Power Plant, the San Juan Generating Station, and the Cholla Power Plant.

While Arizonans have reaped the benefits of affordable electricity from these plants for decades, the public health and environmental impacts on the communities where these plants are located have been devastating.

The impacted Navajo, Hopi, and rural communities are also economically dependent on these plants. Their future remains uncertain as these plants shut down, as no transition plans have been developed and implemented, including when NGS was closed in November 2019.

Over the last several months, environmental groups, NGOs representing impacted Tribal and rural communities, the Navajo Nation, and the Hopi Tribe have advocated for Arizona’s utilities to help impacted communities transition to new economic bases as these power plants close down. This work has led to several important developments:

  • As a result of its decision on the APS rate case, the ACC directed the launch of a generic investigation on JET (Just and Equitable Transition). This proceeding represents the key policy forum to:
  • – Build the evidentiary case for JET,
  • – Cause the ACC to approve APS’s JET proposal and establish national precedent on this issue, and
  • – Cause TEP, either by order of the Commission or of its own volition, to propose an ambitious JET package of its own.

A recommendation for the Commission’s review and consideration is due by August 31st, 2022.

If you missed our virtual info session on Just & Equitable Transition (JET) for tribal coal-impacted communities on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, check out the recorded live stream on our Tó Nizhóní Ání Facebook page or on Google Drive

Arizona Corporation Commission Town Halls

The purpose of these Town Halls is to hear from members of the community and individuals who have been or will be impacted by past or future closures of power plants in the region. For more information on the ACC Town Halls visit the ACC website here.


Thursday, June 16, 2022, 6:00 PM MDT

Phil L. Thomas Performing Arts Center – Shiprock, NM

Recorded Facebook Live Stream


Friday, June 17, 2022, 9:00 AM MDT

San Juan College Lecture Hall – Farmington, NM

Recorded Facebook Live Stream Part 1

Recorded Facebook Live Stream Part 2


Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 6:00 PM MDT

Kayenta Township Townhall – Kayenta, AZ

Recorded Facebook Live Stream


Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 1:00 PM MDT

Hardrock Chapter House – Hardrock, AZ

Recorded Facebook Live Stream


Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 6:00 PM MST

Hopi Jr./Sr. High School Auditorium – Polacca, Arizona

Recorded Facebook Live Stream, Part 1

Recorded Facebook Live Stream, Part 2


Thursday, June 23, 2022, @6:00 PM MDT

Tuba City Elementary School Gymnasium – Tuba City, AZ

Recorded Facebook Live Stream

For more background information on coal and just & equitable transition, visit www.empoweredtransition.org and www.navajoequitableeconomy.org. If you have any questions regarding the virtual info session email us at info@tonizhoniani.org

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