Last week in Washington City, Utah, the city council approved an agreement to team up with the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) and NuScale Power’s “Carbon Free Power Project”. They agreed to contribute in providing funds toward identifying potential sites for a nuclear power plant.
The “Carbon Free Power Project” is focused around the future use of small modular nuclear reactors being developed by Oregon-based NuScale Power which has proposed to build a power plant housing 12 of their compact reactors that will produce an estimated 600 megawatts of power in the area of Idaho Falls, Idaho.
“We’re looking at approximately 11 megawatts, or 11,000 kilowatts (for the city) from this facility once it’s up and running.” Washington City Manager Roger Carter said.
The agreement Washington City Council unanimously approved last week devotes funds to a two-phase study related to identifying viable sites for the power plant, and then conducting an in-depth study into the location’s overall feasibility.
“This is the first of probably numerous agreements we’ll see,” Carter said. The project will progress in phases, with participating cities being given the option to sign or step back from the project if they no longer wish to pursue the project.
Washington City’s commitment for the first phase of the agreement is $20,000, with the overall cost being shared behind participating cities. The second phase of the agreement could run between $1.3 million to $2.6 million overall depending upon whether or not UAMPS partners with NuScale on the project. If it does, NuScale will cover half of the cost.