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DOE announces agreement supporting power generated from small modular reactors

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between DOE, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), and Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) to reflect the importance of resilient power generated from small modular reactors (SMRs).

Specifically, this MOU highlights the Department’s intent to draw from two modules of a twelve-module SMR plant using NuScale technology intended for construction at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) under UAMPS’ Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP).

One module will be designated strictly for research activities (referred to as the Joint Use Modular Plant or JUMP program). The research is expected to focus principally on integrated energy systems that support the production of both electricity and non-electric energy products. The other module may be used in a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to provide power to INL.

The key components of the MOU are:

  • BEA and UAMPS intend to sign an agreement to use one of the NuScale Power Modules (NPMs) for INL research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities under the JUMP program.

  • DOE and UAMPS intend to work together to engage the local utility, Idaho Power, regarding the supply of power produced by the project to support INL’s energy needs. INL will need up to 70 MW of power in the 2025-2030 timeframe.


The other module may be used in a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to provide power to INL.

This hearkens back to the EBR-II program, which provided 19 MW of electric power plus steam heat to the Argonne (now Idaho) National Laboratory complex.  EBR-II was 65 MW(t), 19 MW(e) if memory serves.


How many SMRs are in operation? What is the TOTAL cost per kWh?

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