Arizona Public Service owns a major stake (29.1%) in the Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Station and operates the facility. Other owners include Salt River Project, El Paso Electric Co., Southern California Edison, Public Service Co. of New Mexico, Southern California Public Power Authority, and the Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power.
Here are some interesting facts about the Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Station:
- Construction began in 1976. There are three units, the last of which was completed in 1988. The total cost to build the plant was $5.9 billion.
- The Palo Verde plant is the largest nuclear energy generating facility in the United States. It is located about 50 miles west of Phoenix in Tonopah, Arizona. The facility is on about 4,000 acres. Approximately 2,500 people are employed there.
- In 2000 the Palo Verde nuclear plant generated 30.4 million megawatts of power.
- About 4 million people in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas receive power generated by the Palo Verde plant.
- Palo Verde is the only nuclear energy facility in the world that uses treated sewage effluence for cooling water.
- Palo Verde does not use fossil fuels to generate electricity. It is a zero-emissions facility.
- The reactors at Palo Verde are in an airtight, reinforced concrete structure designed to withstand the force of a jet airplane.
Located in the Arizona desert, Palo Verde is the only nuclear generating facility in the world that is not situated adjacent to a large body of above-ground water. The facility evaporates water from the treated sewage of several nearby municipalities to meet its cooling needs.