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Over One-Third of Energy Produced in Arizona Is From Coal, But Not Without Controversy

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Over One-Third of Energy Produced in Arizona Is From Coal, But Not Without Controversy

Not all electricity that is generated in Arizona is used by Arizonans; much of it is exported to neighboring states, particularly to markets in Southern California. In 2007, over one-third (36.4%) of the energy generated in Arizona was from coal, with much of that produced by the Navajo Generating Station. New rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency would force owners of the coal-fired station near Page to install complex new air scrubbers to break down the pollutants that can restrict visibility in the Grand Canyon. Critics fear that the cost of these scrubbers would lead to increases in the price of water supplied by the Central Arizona Project (CAP). Power generated by the Navajo Generating Station is used to pump water from the Colorado River through the (CAP) canal to users in the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas.