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Grid Talks - Plugging in to Small Nuclear Power

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Host Marty Rosenberg talks with Doug Hunter about Small Modular Reactors (SMRs). Mr. Hunter is the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems or UAMPS. UAMPS is at the forefront of the nuclear frontier with its push to construct an SMR plant.  Mr. Hunter explains how an SMR is different from a traditional nuclear reactor and why he believes it's a game changer when it comes to carbon free power delivery. 

Mr. Hunter joined UAMPS in December of 1983 and is a 36-year veteran of the electric utility industry. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Utah State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis. He has served on the board of directors for the American Public Power Association.


Grid Talk is a podcast featuring the leaders and innovators shaping the 21st century grid. Hear the stories—in their own words—of how they are meeting the challenges and transitioning their businesses to operate successfully in a new era of evolving markets, changing regulations, higher customer expectation, increasing cybersecurity threats, demands for cleaner energy sources, growing customer-owned generations and emerging technology. The podcast is part of Department of Energy’s Voices of Experience, an initiative that supports grid modernization by sharing insights, lessons learned and advice on operating in a rapidly evolving industry.

About the Host

Grid Talk is hosted by award winning, energy journalist Marty Rosenberg. For nearly 40 years, Marty has been covering business, energy, finance, and technology. He was the Editor-in-Chief for EnergyBiz from 2004 to 2014. EnergyBiz was an award-winning national publication covering energy and utilities. Marty has been published in multiple media outlets including the New York Times, Huffington Post and USA Today. Marty plugs into the industry knowledgebase to deliver critical information about the opportunities and challenges facing utilities today. The result is engaging conversations about modernizing our electric grid.

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PJ Davis's picture
PJ Davis on Dec 19, 2019 9:36 pm GMT

Great podcast. Very informative. Thanks for sharing! 

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Martin Rosenberg on Dec 19, 2019 10:29 pm GMT

You should be the producer! Thanks, PJ!

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Matt Chester on Dec 20, 2019 6:07 pm GMT

This is such a valuable topic and I'm glad to see the small nuclear conversations continue to persist across the industry. We may still be a few years away from commercial availability, but assuming progress continues in the way it should then it'll be important for the industry to start to pivot and account for these possibilities in future investment decisions. 

Martin-- do you see any grid stakeholders already making such moves, or is it still too early in the process for that type of posturing?

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Gary Hilberg on Dec 26, 2019 5:35 pm GMT

Martin - your questions covered all of the aspects of nuclear power issues - including the spent fuel issue.  Doug was a great voice for innovative nuclear power solutions - hopefully UAMPS is successful in their project development.  If you look at the their current generation sources, lots of coal, some gas - this carbon free generation will transform their profile.  

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