Idaho Falls reviews SMR project

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Idaho Falls Power and NuScale will be "Shedding a Light on Nuclear" during a public presentation at the Idaho Falls Power Energy Center, 140 South Capital, tonight. 

It will focus on the Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Carbon Free Power project being built by NuScale and its impact on Idaho Falls and eastern Idaho.  

Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) launched the project in 2015 as part of its long-term strategy to reduce carbon emissions and replace aging coal-fired plants with non-fossil fuel, and medium-sized, flexible power generating sources. SMR components will be built at the Idaho National Laboratory. 

It will include 12, 60-megawatt modules that could generate 720 megawatts of clean electricity. It is expected to be fully operational by 2027 and provide electricity to Idaho Falls and UAMPS  member-cities.

Those speaking will include Idaho Falls Power General Manager Bear Prairie and NuScale Senior Reactor Operator Michael Downs.  

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday.

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