Nuclear energy and the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station will be the main topics at the next meeting of the Valley Engineering Science and Technology Club. The luncheon meeting is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 2 in Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave, Sun City West. Kory Raftery will lecture on “Palo Verde: Energizing the Southwest.” Raftery will discuss the basic operation of a nuclear power plant and the future of nuclear energy in the Southwest. The Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station has been the largest energy plant in the United States since 1992. The 4,000-acre plant has three combustion engineering pressurized water reactors and can produce up to 4,000 megawatts of electricity. It supplies about 35 percent of the electricity generated in Arizona. Raftery is the communications department leader at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. He came to PVNGS from Exelon Generation, where he managed public affairs for the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in the Washington D.C. area. He also worked for Pacific Gas and Electric Company at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in San Luis Obispo in California. The Valley Engineering Science & Technology Club is an organization of retired and active engineers and scientists. Persons with interest and past ties in the engineering and scientific areas, including spouses, are also welcome. Luncheon meetings are at 11:30 a.m. usually on the first Friday of each month, October through June, at Briarwood Country Club. Additional information is available on the club website at www.engineersaz.com. Visitors are always welcome. Cost is $18. Reservations are required. Call 623-544-0942 at least three days prior to the meeting.