july 15, 2016
did you know america's largest carbon-free energy source is located in arizona and operated by aps?
PHOENIX – It’s a little-known fact, but one that has a huge
impact on Arizona and the state’s environmental well-being. The Palo Verde
Nuclear Generating Station is the country’s largest producer of emission-free
energy, by far surpassing other energy sources for producing clean,
No single energy source produces as much clean energy as
America’s largest nuclear power plant. For the 24th consecutive
year, Palo Verde was the nation’s biggest power producer in 2015, safely
generating 32.5 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of carbon-free electricity.
According to industry data, Palo Verde produces 80 percent
of Arizona’s clean electricity, with nearly half of the plant’s output
dedicated to serving Arizona consumers. In addition, Palo Verde-generated
electricity displaces more than 13.2 million metric tons of greenhouse-gas
emissions that would otherwise have been produced to power homes and businesses
from Texas to California.
Since it began operation in 1986, Palo Verde has produced
more than 780 million MWh, providing environmentally friendly energy to more
than 4 million people. About half the plant’s output serves Arizona customers
with the remaining power spread among California, New Mexico and far west
Texas. In addition to the carbon-free energy produced, the plant has an annual
economic impact of more than $1.8 billion in Arizona through taxes, salaries,
purchases of materials and services, and more.
APS, Arizona’s largest and longest-serving
electric utility, serves nearly 1.2 million customers in 11 of the state’s 15
counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital
. (NYSE: PNW).