PORTLAND, Ore. – Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) and NuScale Power Corporation (NuScale) announced on Wednesday that they have mutually agreed to terminate the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP).
The Carbon Free Power Project was hoped to be the first NuScale Power small modular reactor (SMR) plant to begin operation in the United States near Idaho Falls, Idaho, at the DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory. The SMR plant was expected to deploy six, 77-megawatt modules to generate 462 megawatts of carbon free electricity.
According to a joint press release, despite significant efforts by both parties to advance the CFPP, it appears unlikely that the project will have enough subscription to continue toward deployment. As a result, UAMPS and NuScale have mutually determined that ending the project is the most prudent decision for both parties.
“Through our work with UAMPS and our partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, we have advanced our NuScale Power Modules™ to the point that utilities, governments and industrials can rely on a proven small modular reactor (SMR) technology that has regulatory approval and is in active production. Our work with CFPP over the past ten years has advanced NuScale technology to the stage of commercial deployment; reaching that milestone is a tremendous success which we will continue to build on with future customers,” said NuScale President and Chief Executive Officer John Hopkins.
Hopkins added “NuScale will continue with our other domestic and international customers to bring our American SMR technology to market and grow the U.S. nuclear manufacturing base, creating jobs across the U.S.”
UAMPS Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Mason Baker said “This decision is very disappointing given the years of pioneering hard work put into the CFPP by UAMPS, CFPP LLC, NuScale, U.S. Department of Energy, and the UAMPS member communities that took the leadership role to launch the CFPP.”
“Yet, this decision is the best course for the UAMPS members participating in the CFPP and doing what is best for those member communities will always be the guiding light in such decisions.” Baker said UAMPS has learned many invaluable lessons during the development of the Carbon Free Power Project that it will carry forward in future development work to meet the future energy needs of the UAMPS member communities.
Baker concluded, “We are working closely with NuScale and the U.S. Department of Energy on next steps to wind the project down.”