NuScale Begins Program WIN with Governors and Utilities in Western U.S. States
In June 2013, NuScale Power launched the Western Initiative for Nuclear (Program WIN), a broad, multi-western state collaboration, to study the demonstration and deployment of a series of NuScale Small Modular Reactor power plants in six Western United States. A NuScale SMR built as part of Program WIN is projected to be operational by 2024. Under Program WIN, the initial project will develop a NuScale SMR plant in Idaho with a possible location within the confines of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). A further series of projects is contemplated for subsequent deployment in Washington, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Arizona.
The Program WIN initiative was unveiled 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, then 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. I’m pleased that western governors are engaging with industry to realize that promise.” - Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter
“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. 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.” - Then Arizona Governor Jan Brewer
UAMPS Carbon Free Power Project Launched
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 (UAMPS), representing municipal power systems in Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, and California.
This initial project, known as the UAMPS Carbon Free Power Project, would be sited in eastern Idaho and is being developed with partners Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), which will be the plant owner, and Energy Northwest, which will be the operator.