What goes on behind the fences of Palo Verde?

Registration opens at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 

Palo Verde PictureApproximately 33 miles west of Goodyear is the largest nuclear energy facility in the United States. The electricity that Palo Verde Generating Station produces serves portions of Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas. Palo Verde is the only large nuclear power plant in the world that is not located near a body of water. It reclaims and uses wastewater from local cities for condenser cooling water. For reactor coolant and steam, de-mineralized, de-ionized well water is used.

The focus of this lecture is Arizona’s clean energy future – with the Palo Verde Generating Station as its foundation. Power generation operations to date at Palo Verde have offset the emission of over 450 million tons of carbon dioxide, which is the equivalent of taking up to 84 million cars off the road for one year. This is only one of the benefits of nuclear energy.

Mike McLaughlin Palo Verde


Michael McLaughlin, vice president of site services, will be informing us about the operations at Palo Verde. Michael graduated from the United States Naval Academy and had a 30-year career in the U.S. Naval Submarine Force. His career in the Navy focused on submarines and in particular, naval nuclear power. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a rear admiral before joining Palo Verde in 2011. He is the Board Chairman for the Greater Phoenix Area American Red Cross and is also on the Board of Directors for the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, NM

This lecture will be presented via Zoom. It is free but registration is required and the class limit is 100. Registered attendees will receive the Zoom invitation a few days prior to the event. There will be time for a Q&A, which will be explained in an email that all registrants will receive.




DATE:  Monday, Oct. 5

ZOOM Check-In: 9:45 a.m.

LECTURE Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.     

COST:  No charge

MAXIMUM: 100 - there will be a waitlist

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For Additional Information:

Palo Verde Generating Station

APS Clean Energy

Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)