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Activists protest company eyeing coal plant

Posted: 8:40 AM, Sep 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-11 15:12:05Z

About a dozen Navajos traveled to New York City to protest a company eyeing a coal-fired power plant on their reservation.

The Navajo Generating Station near Page is set to close next year unless a new buyer is found. The current owners say energy produced by natural gas is cheaper.
    
New York-based Avenue Capital Group has said it's interested in purchasing the plant and is talking with tribal officials. It's also been pushing an Arizona entity to commit to buying coal-fired power.
    
The protesters held signs outside the company's office in Manhattan on Monday. They say Avenue Capital is standing in the way of a move toward renewable energy on the reservation.
    
The company declined comment Monday, saying it hasn't reached a decision on the power plant.