Navajo Teams Up with Lab on Tribal Energy Policy

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has entered into an agreement with a national laboratory to study carbon capture, clean coal technology and renewable energy on the vast reservation.

The tribe signed the three-year agreement with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on Wednesday.

Navajo President Ben Shelly says the reservation is rich with natural resources that could be researched by leading scientists and engineers, and developed for the benefit of the tribe.

Under the agreement, the tribe and the laboratory also could look into power plant design, combustion and geothermal technologies, and energy security, among other things.

The Navajo Nation is revising its energy policy. The reservation has large deposits of coal and uranium, along with potential for wind and solar energy but it historically hasn’t been a major player in developing the resources.

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