The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded up to $1.3 billion in funding to help move an Idaho small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) project closer to reality. DOE awarded the Carbon-Free Project, which will include wholesale energy provider Utah Associated Municipal Systems (UAMPS), to develop NuScale Power’s first prospective SMR site. NuScale recently received final U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff approval for its SMR design. The company is partnering with engineering, procurement and construction firm Fluor Corp. on the UAMPS pilot. The 720-MW plant will utilize 12 NuScale SMRs, which offer a smaller footprint and lower cost structure than conventional large nuclear power plants.
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