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DoE and UAMPS Sign Agreement for Siting at INL

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  • Feb 19, 2016

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At the 12th annual Platts Nuclear Energy Conference, John Kotek, the Acting Assistant Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Energy just made a major announcement.

On February 17, 2016, Rick Provencher and Doug Hunter signed an agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and UAMPS (Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems). It provides UAMPS with a use permit to choose a suitable nuclear power plant site within the more than 900 square miles of Idaho high desert within the INL (Idaho National Laboratory) site boundaries.

UAMPS plans to build and operate the lead NuScale power plant. That plant will produce 600 MWe gross with a house load of 30 MWe providing a net of 570 MWe of clean nuclear electricity to the northwest U.S. power grid.

The 110 year agreement period includes 10 years of licensing, site preparation and plant construction followed by 99 years of plant operation and retirement.

The specific plant location has not yet been selected. During the past year, Enercon has been conducting site surveys conducted during under contract to UAMPS. They have recommended a short list of five locations for more detailed analysis and final site selection.

This is a really big deal and demonstrates how partnerships between private industry, local governments, state governments and the federal government can result in real progress towards improving our electric power supply system.

There are numerous additional partnerships that could build on foundation that is being established by this lead project.

Constant frequency, steady voltage, consistent power factor electricity that is available 60 minutes/hour, 8760 hours/year is the grease that enabled our modern economy to function smoothly. There are many ways to produce electricity, but there are few ways to produce a product that is as clean, reliable and controllable as the high quality product coming from well-designed nuclear reactors.

Congratulations to NuScale, UAMPS, the Department of Energy and all of the various suppliers and players involved in this major step forward.

Update: For those interested in details, here is a copy of the DOE-UPAMS use permit agreement.

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Joe Deely on Feb 20, 2016

Nice. Good news.

The timing also fits in well with the possible conversion of 1,800 MW InterMountain plant in Utah to Nat Gas by 2025.

“The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which is the largest buyer of IPP electricity, has been leading an effort by six California purchasers to convert a large portion of the plant to natural gas. If initiated, work would begin in 2020 and be completed by 2025, IPP spokesman John Ward said Thursday.

The size of the natural gas power units would depend on how many of the plant’s 36 customers in California and Utah agree to participate in the conversion. Output probably would be 600 megawatts to 1,200 megawatts, Ward said in an email. The plant today produces 1,800 megawatts.”

 Here is list of InterMountain owners and here is list of UAMPS members. 

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Bob Meinetz on Feb 21, 2016

Joe, what about a plant which will generate 50% of its electricity by burning coal (you must have missed that part, honest mistake) ten years from now “fits in well” with a technology which generates no carbon emissions at all?

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Joe Deely on Feb 24, 2016


Why would there still be a plant that generates 50% with coal if the UAMPS nuclear is built?

If you look at my link for ownership on Intermountain you will see that CA utilities currently own about 75%. This will have to be replaced(by law) with either Nat Gas and/or Solar.

The UAMPS “collective” owns 20%. The current capacity of the plant is 1,800MW so their ownership is (1,800 *20%) or 360MW. Rod mentions that the proposed nuclear palnt is 570MW. So UAMPS can replace all their coal from InterMountain and still have 210MW to sell as carbon-free energy into the local market.

Do you see a problem with my arithmetic/logic?


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