The Carbon Free Power ProjectBy the end of this decade, a NuScale small modular reactor (SMR) power plant will become part of the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP), an initiative spearheaded by the public power consortium Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS).
UAMPS is currently active on the CFPP site performing site characterization activities. Pending finalization of those activities and the development of a schedule reflective of UAMPS’ recent decision to use “dry cooling”, UAMPS has requested that NuScale work to the following schedule:
- First module expected to be operational by mid-2029, with the remaining 11 modules to come online for full plant operation by 2030.
- UAMPS has shared that it has worked through a new comprehensive budget and plan of finance for the CFPP and has revised the project schedule to align with the timing of UAMPS Member energy needs, and other financial and project developments.
- UAMPS has communicated that this schedule provides ample time to ensure prudent financial management, cautious entry into next phases, and further de-risking of the project; the August 2020 approval of NuScale’s SMR design by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) contributes to further de-risking of the CFPP.
Read the blog post titled, “A Nuclear Solution for Climate, Energy and Water” from the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) that describes dry cooling and the water savings that NuScale power plants offer.
UAMPS formally launched the Carbon Free Power Project in 2015. In August of that year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $16.6 million in cost-shared funding to NuScale for the preparation of a combined license application (COLA) with UAMPS. In February 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a Site Use Permit DE-NE700065 to UAMPS for the CFPP, which permitted UAMPS to identify and characterize potential locations, license and construct a NuScale SMR power plant within the 890-square mile Idaho National Laboratory site and in October 2016, after a detailed evaluation process, the preferred INL site was selected.