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October 06, 2011

October 2011 Chapter Lunch Meeting - “Nuclear and Water in California”

October 06, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

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San Joaquin Country Club
3484 W. Bluff Ave.
Fresno, CA 93711
Join Us for the Second Meeting of this Program Year! Mr. John Hutson, President/CEO of Fresno Energy Group will be speaking on “Nuclear and Water in California”

$1.00 50/50 Marble Game Ticket

$0.00 As the year comes to a end, please make a tax deductible donation to ASHRAE Research

$30.00 October 2011 Chapter Lunch Meeting Member Ticket
$25.00 Earlybird rate before October 4

$30.00 October 2011 Chapter Lunch Meeting Guest Ticket
$25.00 Earlybird rate before October 4

$15.00 October 2011 Chapter Lunch Meeting Student Ticket
$10.00 Earlybird rate before October 4

Please join us as Mr. John L. Hutson, President / CEO of Fresno Nuclear Energy Group (FNEG) presents, “Nuclear and Water in California."

Mr. Hutson is the leader of a San Joaquin Valley consortium made up of community and business leaders planning to develop alternative energy sources in the San Joaquin Valley, foremost of those being considered is nuclear energy.

He has an extensive background in electrical construction and served as an electrical superintendent on some of the Valley’s largest construction projects, e.g. Corcoran State Prison.

Mr. Hutson has engaged in considerable research regarding nuclear and alternative energy. He has traveled and studied French models where more than 80% of the country’s energy is supplied by nuclear facilities. “Diversification of energy sources is a must in the 21st century,” says John.

Mr. Hutson, along with FNEG’s board chairman, Robert Smittcamp, believe that less costly and cleaner energy is the key to economic development in Central California. Fresno County’s unemployment rate is consistently in excess of 12%. Mr. Hutson is confident that a nuclear energy plant would reduce energy costs and be an impetus to providing solutions to the desalinization of western Fresno County’s water supply that is a key to further economic development in the San Joaquin Valley. FNEG’s vision is to partner with Westlands Water District, the Fresno City Waste Water Treatment Facility, and the international nuclear operator/manufacturer, Areva (company has 58 plants in France), to build the first nuclear power station in Fresno County.

California is not prepared to meet an expected 40% rise in electrical demand by the year 2030. With demand for energy rising and no plan to meet these needs, alternatives need to be considered. One 1600 megawatt nuclear power plant would be significant in meeting electrical demands and job creation required in central California. FNEG’s plan is to build two 1600 megawatt nuclear power plants and cool these plants with gray water from the Fresno Wastewater Treatment Plant. Furthermore, FNEG intends to be an impetus to building a desalination plant on the West side of the valley to remove salt from previously unusable irrigation water. This would provide a more reliable water supply to farmers and perhaps allow for an increase in acreage being farmed in Fresno County. FNEG also intends to build another wastewater facility to address the contamination problems of the Kesterson Wildlife Preserve.

In addition to his role as CEO of FNEG, Mr. Hutson is Manager/CEO of the National Electrical Contractors Association for Central California and Executive Secretary for the Building and Construction Trades for Fresno, Madera, Tulare, and Kings Counties AFL-CIO. Mr. Hutson formerly served as Chairman of the City of Fresno Public Utilities Commission.

He was born in California and his early education took place in Japan where his father was in the military. Later Mr. Hutson served in Viet Nam at the same time as his father.

Mr. Hutson serves as a board member on the Majoree Mason Center for Domestic Violence and has appeared in several productions by Second Space Theatre and Roger Rocka’s Music Hall in Fresno. In his youth he was very active in athletics, playing semi-professional football and boxing at various venues in the Valley.

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