The Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station®, located about 55 miles west of downtown Phoenix, has been the largest power producer of any kind in the United States since 1992. Its three units are capable of generating more than 4,000 megawatts of electricity.
Because of its desert location, Palo Verde is the only nuclear plant in the United States that does not sit on a large body of water. Instead, it uses treated effluent from several area municipalities to meet its cooling water needs, recycling approximately 20 billion gallons of wastewater each year.
Palo Verde, which has an economic impact of approximately $1.8 billion annually and is the largest single commercial taxpayer in Arizona, is operated by APS and is owned by a consortium of seven utilities in the Southwest. APS owns 29.1 percent of the plant.
The five-unit, 2,040-megawatt Four Corners Power Plant, located on the Navajo Indian Reservation west of Farmington, New Mexico, is operated by APS. Fueled by low-sulfur coal from the nearby Navajo mine, the plant is owned by APS and five other utilities in the Southwest. APS’ stake in Four Corners makes 782 megawatts of energy available to the APS system.
Nearly 80 percent of the employees at the plant are Native American.
The 995-megawatt Cholla Power Plant is located in northeastern Arizona near Holbrook. APS operates the plant and owns Units 1, 2 and 3, which are capable of producing 615 megawatts of electricity. PacifiCorp (PAC) owns the 380-megawatt Unit 4 – the largest unit at the plant. The two utilities participate in a seasonal power exchange in which PAC customers in the Pacific Northwest receive electricity from the APS system in the winter when their electricity demands are high and APS receives PAC power in the summer, during APS’ peak demand.
Cholla is fueled by coal from the McKinley Mine in New Mexico.
The Navajo Power Plant is located in northern Arizona on the Navajo Indian Reservation near Page, and features three 750-megawatt coal-fueled, steam-electric generating units. An electric railroad delivers coal to the plant from a mine on the Navajo and Hopi Indian Reservations at Black Mesa in northern Arizona.
The plant is operated by Salt River Project, and is owned by a partnership of five utility companies and the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation. APS owns 14 percent of the plant.
The Redhawk® Power Station, which began operating in mid-2002, is comprised of two identical 530-megawatt natural gas-fueled combined-cycle units. The plant is owned and operated by APS.
Located near the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station west of Phoenix, the station employs treated effluent purchased from Palo Verde to meet its cooling needs. Redhawk also is a zero liquid discharge site, meaning that the cooling water is continually reclaimed and reused and no water is released to the environment.
Located in southwest Phoenix, the natural gas-fueled West Phoenix Power Plant has seven generating units – two combustion turbine units and five units that employ combined-cycle technology. Operated and owned by APS, West Phoenix generates about 1,000 megawatts of electricity.
Operated and owned by APS, the natural gas-fueled Ocotillo Power Plant, in Tempe, Arizona, has two steam and two combustion turbine units that are capable of generating about 340 megawatts. The APS Solar Technology and Research (STAR) Center also is located on the grounds of the Ocotillo Plant and performs state-of-the-art research and development on solar and other renewable generation. Ocotillo also is the location for the Tempe/APS Joint Fire Training Center.
The Sundance Generating Station in Coolidge, Arizona, is the newest member of the APS fleet. APS purchased the 450-megawatt station in the Spring of 2005. The simple-cycle, natural gas-fueled station consists of 10 quick-start combustion turbines.
The natural gas-fueled Saguaro Power Plant, north of Tucson, Arizona, has two steam units and three combustion turbine units. APS operates and owns all five of the generating units that have a combined capacity of about 395 megawatts available to the APS system.
The Douglas Power Plant, located in the town of Douglas in southeastern Arizona, is comprised of one 16-megawatt combustion turbine peaking unit and is put into service only when demand for electricity is high in the Douglas area. The plant has no full-time employees but is operated and serviced by employees from the Saguaro plant, near Tucson.
APS operates the natural gas-fueled Yucca Power Plant near Yuma in southwestern Arizona, and owns six combustion turbine units that produce nearly 243 megawatts for APS customers. The plant also includes a 75 megawatt steam turbine, and a 20 megawatt combustion turbine, both of which are owned by Imperial Irrigation District, and operated by APS.
Solar & Renewable
Since 1996, APS has completed a number of solar and renewable energy projects around the state.
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