Lawrence Livermore to work with Navajo Nation on energy
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will help the Navajo Nation develop its extensive energy resources, including coal, oil, gas, uranium and wind, solar and water power.
The lab signed a memorandum of understanding with the Navajo Nation, which covers 27,425 square miles of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah in the “Four Corners” area where the states meet Colorado.
Steve Grey of Livermore Lab helped put together the agreement, which promises technical help with “energy security; carbon sequestration; coal gasification; shale gas; enhanced oil recovery; wind, geothermal and solar; environmental studies and other areas.”
The Navajo Nation recently updated its energy policy, seeking to balance protection of its natural resources with development of self reliance in energy.
Lawrence Livermore is working with tribes in the United States along with its sister Department of Energy labs Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.
“The tribal energy plan will not only assist the tribe, but the country as well,” said Sam Woods, energy policy adviser for the Navajo President’s Office.
The lab and the Navajo signed the agreement Wednesday in Window Rock, Ariz. Navajo Nation representatives visited the lab in July to check out its technology.
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