Posts Tagged ‘Arizona’

February 3, 2012 | 4:31 pm

Talking Points Memo: “Arizona Power Plant Goes Green With AREVA Solar Thermal Project”





Good to see news sites like Talking Points Memo Idealab covering our recent announcement on AREVA Solar and the Arizona’s Tuscon Electric Power:

A coal-fired electrical plant in Tucson, Ariz., is going green — or at least “greener” — partnering with a French, state-owned nuclear company to install a solar add-on that will generate enough clean electricity to power 600 homes using high-pressure, superheated steam warmed by a series of mirrors.

The new solar project is expected to begin construction in Spring 2012 and to be up and running at the current H. Wilson Sundt Generating Station in Tucson by 2013, according to a news release from plant operator Tucson Electric Power and AREVA, the French energy company behind the solar technology.

“Solar booster projects like this are gaining momentum in the United States and around the world as a way to leverage existing power infrastructure to provide needed energy with no new emissions,” said Bill Gallo, CEO of AREVA Solar, in the joint news release on Tuesday.

You can read the entire article here.

August 15, 2011 | 2:54 pm

What’s the best hope for Arizona’s energy future?

A good discussion at the ABC15.com on the future of Arizona’s energy policies. Describing the benefits of nuclear energy, Joseph Comfort Professor Joseph Comfort said:

“Fossil fuels provide over 60 percent of the world’s electricity. But they have huge disadvantages, the most obvious one being greenhouse gases (GHG). International agreements and national policies have set goals for overall reductions in GHG rather than incremental increases that correlate with increased energy production.

Nuclear generators emit no GHG. In addition, power companies are finding them to be economically viable. Construction costs are the biggest item, due in part to the safety-conscious regulatory environment in which nuclear operates, but their operation costs are the lowest of any clean energy or baseload power source.

The NRC’s very conservative environment ensures that the US nuclear generators operate at the highest safety level. The record is enviable….

Continued efforts to develop alternative sources of energy must be pursued, but many are expensive and it is unlikely that they will fully meet all of the future global energy demands.

Substantially expanding the roughly 20 percent of our energy that comes from nuclear, which makes up more than 70 percent of our emissions-free energy, remains the best bet to continue meeting our needs

Joseph Comfort, professor of physics at Arizona State University, says substantially expanding the roughly 20 percent of our energy that comes from nuclear, which makes up more than 70 percent of our emissions-free energy, remains the best bet to continue meeting our needs.”

On the other side, Daniel Peter Aiello, president of Arizona Solar Center, Inc. spoke on the benefits of expanding solar energy like its availability, accessibility, scale-ability.

We think there is a place for both new nuclear energy and growth of renewable energy generation, like solar energy in meeting growing energy demands.

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