The Carbon Free Power Project
The Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) formally launched the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) in 2015. In August 2015, 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 permits UAMPS to identify and characterize potential locations, license and construct a NuScale small modular reactor (SMR) power plant within the 890-square mile Idaho National Laboratory site. In October 2016, after a detailed evaluation process, a preferred site was selected.
UAMPS is actively performing CFPP 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 their schedule by commencing site preparation in 2022-3, starting nuclear construction (i.e., first safety related concrete) in 2024, and bringing the power plant online by 2027.