Carbon Free Power Project (Small Modular Nuclear Reactor)
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Posted on 03/16/2018
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As recommended by the Future Energy Resource Committee (a citizen ad hoc committee) and at the direction of the Board of Public Utilities, DPU is exploring whether to add a next-generation nuclear power facility to the County's energy generation portfolio to meet a 2040 goal to be carbon neutral.  Through its membership with UAMPS (Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems), DPU is specifically looking at the Carbon-Free Power Project that will utilize small modular reactor technology developed by NuScale Power.Idaho National Laboratory is the where the CFPP will be located. 





 

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: