NuScale Power Begins Nuclear Initiative with Governors and Utilities in Western U.S. States
In June 2013, NuScale Power, LLC, announced the launch of the Western Initiative for Nuclear (Project WIN) —a broad, multi-western state collaboration — to study the demonstration and deployment of a multi-module NuScale Small Modular Reactor (SMR) plant in the Western United States. A NuScale SMR built as part of Project WIN is projected to be operational by 2024.
Project WIN is viewed as the initial demonstration project for a potential series of projects that may be developed in other states. The first NuScale plant will most likely be developed, built and owned by a consortium of regional utilities like Project WIN, and operated by one of these utilities with a preferred location within the Idaho National Laboratory Site.
The Project WIN initiative was unveiled by NuScale’s Chairman and CEO John Hopkins and Chief Commercial Officer Mike McGough along with number of key stakeholders at the Western Governors’ Association annual meeting held in Park City, Utah. Also, at the WGA meeting, the governors announced a 10-year energy vision which included as one of its goals, finding ways to accelerate the introduction of small modular reactors into the commercial marketplace. In announcing the goals and objectives of the plan, WGA Chairman and Governor of Utah, Gary Herbert heralded SMR’s as an important hope for the future energy needs of the west.
A number of Western governors commented on NuScale’s Project WIN announcement:
“The technology of small modular reactors holds real promise for cleanly and safely addressing long-term energy needs in the West,” Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter said. “I’m pleased that western governors are engaging with industry to realize that promise.”
"I applaud today’s announcement of the coalition to help develop and deploy NuScale Power’s small modular nuclear reactors,” said Governor John Kitzhaber of Oregon. “This carbon-free generation technology originated in the labs of Oregon State University and NuScale currently employs 250 people in Portland and Corvallis, showing how Oregon-based ingenuity is once again at the forefront of energy innovation."
“As the home of our country’s largest nuclear power plant, Arizona and my administration have long benefited from safe, clean, reliable and economically-beneficial nuclear energy,” said Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona. “My state’s utilities continue to search for solutions to long-term, baseload energy needs, but we believe the Western Initiative for Nuclear and the NuScale small modular reactor hold great promise. I fully support this innovative effort to explore the potential of this cutting-edge technology.”
Additionally, as part of Project WIN, NuScale has signed teaming agreements with key utilities in the Western region, which include Energy Northwest in Washington State and the Utah Association of Municipal Power Systems.
“The participating utilities, Energy Northwest and Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, have assessed regional strategies for reducing long-term carbon emissions including replacing aging coal-fired units, as well as meeting forecasted energy demand growth, and concluded that SMR technology is a vitally important option,” said John Hopkins, chairman and chief executive officer of NuScale Power. “Based on the teaming agreement, Project WIN establishes the initial participants and the foundational elements for deployment of the first NuScale SMR project.”
“As part of our SmartEnergy Initiative, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems continually and carefully monitors and explores all resource options with an emphasis on conservation and efficiency to address the long-term energy needs of members. Project WIN is an example of our efforts to evaluate all options, particularly as we are faced with carbon-constrained baseload generation,” said Doug Hunter, general manager of Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems. “In accordance with state and national efforts to clean up our air and reduce carbon emissions, it is important that we investigate clean, safe, carbon-free SMR technology as a potential baseload resource.”
“Energy Northwest carefully investigated options for small modular reactors to fill future energy needs, including helping to integrate renewable sources” said Dale Atkinson, Energy Northwest Vice President. “We selected NuScale as our technology of choice. The NuScale design offers clear benefits in safety, cost-effectiveness and ease of operation.”
The NuScale SMR represents the next generation of commercial nuclear power. As the only U.S.-based company established solely for the commercialization of its SMR, NuScale and its 250 employees are working daily on the development of its unique and proprietary break-through technology to bring to market its innovative, simple, safe, economic and scalable small modular reactor.