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Renewable energy candidates do well in SRP board election

Utility customers sent new members to Salt River Project’s governing bodies in elections Tuesday.

SRP is the Valley’s largest supplier of power and water, and is a self-governing organization with limited oversight from the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Elections among some of the utility’s customers determine certain leadership positions, including board and council members for SRP’s power and water districts.

Candidates running on clean energy platforms did well in the polling. Sierra Club spokeswoman Sandy Bahr said that’s an indication that voters want to see progress on renewable energy.

“It’s pretty amazing and I think a testament to the hard work of the clean energy candidates,” Bahr said.

The votes will be canvassed Monday. The new members take their seats in early May.

Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.