Staying cool in the desert: New options for Palo Verde

July 15, 2022, 3:14PMNuclear NewsBy Brad Berles
A view of Palo Verde-3 and a spray pond, as seen from Unit 2. (Photo: APS)

In the western part of Michigan, where I grew up and spent the early part of my career, water availability was rarely a concern or a topic that might appear in the news. Lake Michigan was a plentiful source of water, and Mother Nature always provided plenty of precipitation to keep things green. If anything, sometimes folks wished it would stop raining! So it was quite a big change in environment when in 2008 my career took me to the desert of Arizona and the Palo Verde Generating Station, with annual regional rainfall totals of three inches in a good year.

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