A controversial pumped storage project will likely not be built after the Navajo Nation reiterated its opposition following a new FERC rule prioritizing tribal views on projects to be built on their land. Numerous tribes opposed the ‘Big Canyon’ pumped hydro storage project on the Lower Colorado River, which would threaten the Sipaapuni, a sacred Hopi site representing where the tribe’s ancestors emerged from the earth. Almost one-third of Navajo Nation homes lacked electricity as of August 2023, but the power generated would be sold on wholesale markets, “It won’t go to us,” Rita Bilagody, spokesperson for Save the Confluence, said in 2021. “It’s meant to go to people down at Phoenix, Las Vegas or California.” (E&E $)