Western Initiative for Nuclear

The Launch of Program WIN

In June 2013, NuScale launched the broad multi-state collaboration called the Western Initiative for Nuclear (Program WIN) at the Western Governors Association (WGA) annual meeting in Park City, Utah. The purpose of Program WIN is to study the demonstration and deployment of a series of NuScale small modular reactor (SMR) power plants across the western United States.


The first project to come out of Program WIN is a 12-module 720 MWe NuScale power plant planned for its first customer, the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), for their Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP).

“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. Program WIN is an example of our efforts to evaluate all options, particularly as we are faced with carbon-constrained baseload generation. 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.” - Doug Hunter, general manager of UAMPS

Then WGA chairman and Governor of Utah, Gary Herbert, proclaimed that SMR technology like NuScale’s as an important hope for the future energy needs of the West. Governors who attended the 2013 WGA meeting announced a 10-year energy vision, which included exploring ways to accelerate the introduction of SMRs into the marketplace.

“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.” – Former 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.” - Former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

NuScale is thrilled to have such strong support from its Program WIN partners and their contributions to help us usher in the next generation of nuclear power in the U.S.