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For the 2nd time, AZ Corporation Commission rules against SRP gas plant

The Arizona Corporation Commission has denied a request by Salt River Project for a permit that would allow it to expand its Coolidge Generating Station.

The commission denied the request in May, but SRP asked for a rehearing.

Conservationists and residents in the nearby community of Randolf have opposed the expansion, citing concerns over pollution and climate change.

SRP has committed to significantly decrease its carbon footprint by 2035 but says that it will need the plant to meet the Valley’s growing power needs.

The 3-2 ruling means that if the utility wants to pursue the expansion, it will have to do so in Superior Court.

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.