Navajo Nation to develop wind energy

Albuquerque, New Mexico (AP) 4-08

The Navajo Nation has signed an agreement with a Boston-based firm to develop renewable wind energy on the vast reservation.

The agreement was signed earlier this month by Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr., the Dine Power Authority and Citizens Energy Chairman and President Joseph Kennedy.

Early estimates show the Dine (Din-’eh) Wind Project could produce between 60 million and 100 million dollars in total revenue for the tribe over the lifetime of the project.

Shirley says by harnessing the power of wind, the tribe can bring economic prosperity to its people, build its energy independence and provide jobs and other benefits for the Navajo Nation.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Navajo Nation will have an opportunity to become a majority owner in the project.