State utility regulators reject power plant expansion proposal in historically Black community
State utility regulators have rejected a proposed power plant expansion project that pitted environmental justice concerns against metro Phoenix’s increasing electricity demands during Arizona’s summer heat.
The Arizona Corporation Commission’s vote Tuesday was a victory for residents of Randolph, a small historically Black community near Coolidge in Pinal County.
Citing concerns about emissions and air quality, residents opposed the Salt River Project’s nearly $1 billion project to add 16 more quick-start units to its nearby natural gas-fueled generating station.
The Sierra Club also opposed the project. Officials with SRP said the expansion was urgently needed to reliably augment other sources of power.