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The Carbon Free Power Project or CFPP is a proposed 720 megawatt nuclear electric generation facility to be constructed at Idaho National Laboratory and utilize small modular reactor (SMR) technology developed by NuScale Power.  Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities has subscribed to 11.186 megawatts.

NOV. 20, 2020:

UAMPS Participants in the CFPP voted on November 9, 2020 to advance to the next phase and approve the associated Budget and Plan of Finance. Integral to this phase will be the preparation of the Combined Operating and Construction License Application (COLA). Considering the number of participants in this phase went from 35 to 27, which includes a new member (Wells Rural Electric) and a total subscription level at 100 megawatts, Utilities Manager Shelton elected to reduce Los Alamos County’s subscription from 11.2 to 6.37 megawatts, maintaining the target price of $55 a megawatt hour on 2020 dollars. Prior to submitting the COLA in May 2023, and prior to starting construction in December 2025, the county will have the flexibility to adjust the subscription level or exit the project. Read the Press Release.  

OCT. 16, 2020: 

The U.S. Department of Energy has approved a multi-year cost-share award to a new special purpose entity named the Carbon Free Power Project, LLC (CFPP, LLC) (an entity wholly owned by Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS)) for the development and construction of the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP), a 720 MWe NuScale power plant to be located at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory site. This award will serve as a funding vehicle to advance the CFPP as funds are appropriated by Congress. Read more.

AUG. 26, 2020: The Board of Public Utilities and the County Council voted on August 19 and 25 in favor of the County's continued participation in the development of the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP). The next off-ramp decision will be in 2023. (press release)
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (CFPP)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Carbon Free Power Project?
A. The Carbon Free Power Project or CFPP is a proposed 720 megawatt nuclear electric generation facility to be constructed at Idaho National Laboratory and utilize small modular reactor (SMR) technology developed by NuScale Power.  

Q. When is the plant expected to come online? 
A. The facility is expected to be operational by 2029. 

Q. What is the expected life of the plant? 
A. The expected life of the plant is 60 to 80 years. The agreement with DOE is 99 years, which would allow for two twenty year extensions beyond the original 40 year license and decommissioning. 

Q. Who are the project owners? 
A. Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS)NuScale Power and Energy Northwest entered into a teaming agreement to investigate the viability of developing the Carbon Free Power Project. UAMPS' participating partners are the project owners. Nuscale is the developer of the small modular reactor technology and Energy Northwest would be the operator of the facility and possibly an off taker of power. UAMPS' participating partners expect to allow other entities to subscribe power through Power Purchase Agreements. 

Of the 46 municipal and cooperative utilities that comprise UAMPS, 37 members have subscribed power from the CFPP and make the decisions regarding UAMPS’ involvement. Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is one of these members.

Q. How many megawatts from the CFPP has Los Alamos subscribed?
A. Los Alamos has subscribed to 8 megawatts plus 3.186 megawatt from the U.S. Department of Energy's JUMP program, for a total of 11.186 megawatts. DOE and Congressional appropriations staff elected not to fund the research projects identified under JUMP.  Instead, the amount requested by UAMPS for JUMP has been reallocated as part of the New DOE Multi-Year Award. If Los Alamos continues in the project, UAMPS is providing a reduced cost of $39/megawatt for the 3.186 megawatts from the original JUMP program. 


Q. What is the cost of the project? 
A.With the most recent revised cost estimate less the cost sharing from the Department of Energy and Nuscale, the total project cost to the project owners is estimated at $4.8 billion. Los Alamos currently has a 11.186 MW capacity interest out of the total plant capacity of 720 MW. The cost to Los Alamos, should the project be realized, would be paid through the targeted cost of power at approximately $50/megawatt hour (averaging in the reduced cost for the 3.186 megawatts for the New DOE Multi-Year Award) with a 40 year commitment. 


Q. Why is Los Alamos pursuing this project? 
A. As recommended by the Future Energy Resource Committee (a Los Alamos citizen ad hoc committee) and at the direction of the Board of Public Utilities, DPU is exploring whether to add the CFPP to the County's energy generation portfolio to meet a 2040 goal to be carbon neutral. 

Q. Where are we in August 2020? 
A. In April 10, 2018, Los Alamos County agreed to sign the power sales contract and stay in the CFPP. As part of that agreement, Los Alamos would be afforded opportunities to unilaterally exit the project at key milestones if it were determined that the project no longer fit the needs or met the expectations of the community.  Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities and County Council voted in August 2020 to continue in the project.  The next off-ramp decision will occur in 2023.  

Q. Where can one view the questions posed by citizens at the August 3rd Community Town Hall and the responses?
A. All written questions presented at the Aug. 3rd Town Hall, and the responses are included on the TOWN HALL PAGE.  

Q. How do citizens provide feedback to the members of the Board of Public Utilities and County Councilors?
A. Public comment is always welcome during a Board of Public Utilities and/or County Council meeting. Citizens can also provide written public comments on the county's OPEN FORUM page: https://www.opentownhall.com/9354
Written comments will be accepted until 11:59 PM August 9, 2020.  All comments on the OPEN FORUM page will be provided to BPU members and Councilors before the August 19th and 25th meetings.  

DOCUMENTS TO BE CONSIDERED AT THE AUG. 19 AND 25 BPU AND COUNCIL MEETINGS: 

CFPP Development Status and Summary Prepared by UAMPS: July 15, 2020

Notice of Conditional Approval of CFPP Budget and Plan of Finance: July 15, 2020 

Los Alamos Revised Amended CFPP Budget and Plan of Finance: July 15, 2020

CFPP Board Resolution Conditionally Approving a Revised Budget and Plan of Finance: July 15 2020


Several meetings are scheduled to understand the current project status.  

 DATE 

 TIME 

 MEETING 

 July 21, 2020 9 am - 3 pm UAMPS, NuScale and DOE discussed the project status to the project participants. WATCH.
 July 28, 2020  6 pm UAMPS and DPU presented to a joint Board of Public Utilities and County Council meeting. WATCH. 
 Aug 03, 2020 6 pm DPU conducted a virtual town hall for Los Alamos community. WATCH
 Aug 19, 2020 5:30 pm Board of Public Utilities meeting. Members voted to continue in the CFPP. WATCH
 Aug 25, 2020 6 pm  Council meeting. Councilors voted to continue in the CFPP. WATCH 

PAST MEETINGS, PRESENTATIONS AND DOCUMENTS

PAST MEETINGS, PRESENTATIONS AND DOCUMENTS (reverse chronological order)


2019, December 17 @ 6PM
County Council Meeting, 1000 Central Ave.

Click here to view the video of the December 17th meeting.

The County Council approved the budget amendment of $52,500 with a 20% contingency of $10,500 for the continued participation in the Carbon Free Power Project.  

2019, December 6 @ 11:30 a.m.
Board of Public Utilities Meeting, 1000 Central Ave.

Click here to view the video of the December 6th meeting.

The Board of Public Utilities approved a budget amendment of $52,500 with a 20% contingency of $10,500 for the continued participation in the Carbon Free Power Project and forwarded the matter to the Council for their consideration. 

2019, March 19 @ 6PM
Joint Board of Public Utilities & County Council Meeting, 1000 Central Ave.

Click here to view the video of the March 19th meeting.

Update to the Board of Public Utilities and County Council on the CFPP. Last year it was estimated that funding for this phase of the project would be spent and the BPU and Council would need to make a decision as to whether or not they would like to take an off-ramp or continue with the project.  Funding has not been completely spent yet.  The off-ramp decision will occur at a future date.  CFPP Presentation Overview and Update 2019-03-19.pdf

2018, December

DOE Press Release dated Dec. 21, 2018 - DOE Office of Nuclear energy Announces Agreement Supporting Power Generated from Small Modular Reactors


2018, April 10 @ 6PM
Joint Board of Public Utilities & County Council Meeting, 1000 Central Ave.

Click here to view the video of the April 10th meeting.

The Board of Public Utilities and Los Alamos County Council voted on April 10, 2018 to sign the power sales contract to stay in the project.  The contract includes three off-ramps in which the county can exit the project.  The first off ramp is March 2019 with a maximum exposure of $80,000.  UAMPS will solicit more subscribers and seek additional funding this coming year and return for another go-no-go vote before the BPU and Council.  

The final vote - 
Board of Public Utilities: 4 - 1 in favor
County Council: 4 - 3 in favor

April 1, 2018: Editorial by Utilities Manager Timothy A. Glasco   

2018, March 6 @ 6PM 
Council Chambers, 1000 Central Ave.

Click here to view the video of the March 6th meeting

The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) joined the Council at its March 6, 2018 Council meeting to discuss the project (no action was taken).  This meeting was planned ahead of a March 21, 2018 recommendation decision by the Board of Public Utilities, and an April 3, 2018 decision by the County Council as to whether the county continues its participation into the next phase of the CFPP.  Read the write up on Open Forum and provide your feedback (note that the feedback period closed on February 22, 2018)

2018, January 25 @ 6PM
Council Chambers, 1000 Central Ave.

Click here to view the video of the meeting.

The Department of Public Utilities held a public meeting with the project managers from UAMPS to discuss project details.   This public meeting was planned ahead of a March/April 2018 decision to be made by the Board of Public Utilities and the County Council as to whether or not the County continues into the next phase of this project.  A joint Board of Public Utilities and County Council meeting followed the public meeting (for discussion only).  

2018, January 9

NuScale Power Press Release - U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Approves Key Safety Aspect to NuScale Power's Advanced Reactor Design.   

2017, August 1

DPU hired a third-party independent contractor to conduct an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to compare and weigh all of the options to serve the County’s Electric Demand on a Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) basis, while meeting our carbon neutral goal. Findings - Solar with storage was determined to have the lowest LCOE among the options considered.  The CFPP came in second at approximately 3.5% higher cost based on the $65/MWh cap the participants have determined to be the maximum they’re willing to pay. DPU is looking at a combination of these resources for a diverse portfolio).

2017, January

A second public meeting was held on January 12, 2017 at Fuller Lodge at 6 p.m. to discuss the details of the Carbon Free Power Project. Presentations included:

Read the January 4, 2017 press release

2016, December

A public meeting was held on December 1, 2016 at the new Golf Course Building, large meeting room at 6 p.m. to discuss small modular reactors.   Presentations included: