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Sierra Club joins legal fight over SRP's proposed gas-fired plant near Coolidge

Earlier this year, the Arizona Corporation Commission denied a request by Salt River Project to expand a gas-fired plant near Coolidge, a decision the utility has appealed.

Although SRP has committed to reducing its carbon footprint significantly by 2035, it wants to expand the gas-fired plant to meet projected growth and power demands of the Valley.

The utility has appealed the decision in Superior Court, and the Sierra Club recently filed a motion in support of the commission.

Sandy Bahr of the Sierra Club says the expansion would have environmental consequences.

“We would like to see Salt River Project focus on clean energy," she said. "Solar, and storage, and certainly some wind, and really double their investments in energy efficiency.”

The plant is located near Randolph, a historic African-American neighborhood.

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.