In 2016, Palo Verde generated 32.2 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of
carbon-free electricity; since it began operation in 1986, the plant has
produced more than 810 billion kWh, providing environmentally friendly energy
to more than 4 million people in four states.
“What does that mean for APS
customers and all Arizonans? It means fewer carbon dioxide emissions – 13.2
million metric tons fewer – or the equivalent of removing 2.8 million cars from
our streets each year, which helps protect Arizona’s fragile desert
environment. The plant also helps conserve Arizona’s precious water supplies.
It is the only nuclear plant in the United States that does not sit on a
large body of water, like an ocean, lake or river, so Palo Verde recycles
wastewater from local towns and cities to meet the plant’s cooling needs,” said Bement. “As the producer of 80 percent of Arizona’s
clean electricity, Palo Verde provides the foundation for the reliable service
our customers count on, especially as we head into summer and Arizona’s
most active weather season, which brings monsoon storms and wildfires, both of
which can threaten power lines and service.”
Palo Verde is a major economic engine for the state. The plant provides
strong job opportunities, employing 2,600 APS workers, and it swells by another
800 contractors during bi-annual refueling outages. Its annual economic impact
in Arizona is more than $1.8 billion through taxes, salaries, purchases of
materials and services, and more. (That figure does not include the actual
energy produced by the plant.) In addition, Palo Verde is the largest single
commercial taxpayer in Arizona with taxes of more than $50 million.
Just as Palo Verde embraces its young nuclear professionals, it is
helping to develop a new generation of utility workers, partnering with
Estrella Mountain Community College and West-MEC Southwest to educate and train
high school students who are interested in nuclear power plant careers.
With a forward-thinking mindset, Palo Verde is a thriving resource that
provides the backbone to the western U.S. electrical grid. It is the only U.S.
generating facility to ever produce more than 30 billion kWh in a year – an
operational accomplishment Palo Verde has achieved each of the past eight years
and a total of 12 times. The plant’s three reactors can generate more than
4,000 megawatts of safe, clean, reliable electricity every hour, and Unit 2
generated more electricity than any single unit in the world in 2016, according
to industry statistics.
Palo Verde is operated by APS and jointly owned by APS, Salt River Project,
Southern California Edison Co., El Paso Electric Co., Public Service Co. of New
Mexico, Southern California Public Power Authority and the Los Angeles
Department of Water and Power.
about 2.7 million people in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is the Southwest’s
foremost producer of clean, safe and reliable electricity. Using a balanced
energy mix that is nearly 50 percent carbon-free, APS has one of the country’s cleanest
energy portfolios, including both Palo Verde Generating Station and renewable
energy. The company is also a proven leader in introducing technology and
services that offer customers choice and control over their energy
consumption. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal
subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp.