Shakeup for 720-MW Nuclear SMR Project as More Cities Withdraw Participation

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At least eight cities have now dropped shares in the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP), a 720-MWe NuScale Power small modular reactor (SMR) project proposed by Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS). Despite the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oct.16–announced $1.4 billion, 10-year award to fund one-time costs for the first-of-a-kind project, four Utah cities withdrew this week alone, and the decisions of at least three others are pending.

On Oct. 28, Utah-based Heber Light & Power voted to withdraw its 10-MW share in the project. On Tuesday, the city of Bountiful, Utah, withdrew its 5-MW share, and the city of Beaver, Utah, pulled its 2.1-MW share.

These developments come on the heels of decisions by the city of Idaho Falls, Idaho, to halve its 10-MW share to 5 MW on Oct. 22. The city of Murray, Utah, also voted on Oct. 20 to exit the CFPP.

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