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Arizona Corporation Commission votes against gas-powered plant expansion

Conservationists and residents of the community of Randolph gathered outside the Arizona Corporation Commission building Tuesday to protest Salt River Project’s expansion of a gas-fired generating station.

The commission voted 4-1 to deny the project.

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The Coolidge Generating Station is located across the street from the unincorporated town of Randolph, a historic Black community since World War II.

Residents complain that they had little input into the expansion and fear that it will have health impacts on the community.

Clean energy advocates say that SRP should expand its use of renewables.

“We cannot allow the Randolph community to become another statistic. We must honor and respect the residents of Randolph,” said Yara Marin of Vote Solar.

SRP says that the Valley’s growing population means that it will need more options to provide power in the future.

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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.