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Tridec Chooses URS for Nuclear Power Study
March 5, 2014 by Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald
URS Corp. has been picked by the Tri-City Development Council to study the possible benefits of building a small modular nuclear reactor system on leased land at Hanford.
Nuclear Energy Overview report
February 21-27, 2014
The Nuclear Energy Institute’s 2014 advertising campaign, unveiled this week, features four energy experts who will discuss the need for diversity in energy supply; jobs that are being created in the industry; nuclear energy’s leading role in producing clean, carbon-free power; and the future of energy.
The Jefferson City (MO) News Tribune (2/5, Watson) reports that in spite of Westinghouse Electric’s plan to pull back from development of small modular reactor technology, Missouri leaders say the state must still “pursue a nuclear option for producing more electricity.” Missouri Sen. Kurt Schaefer said “Nuclear still is extremely important,” adding that its “going to be important, really, I believe, for the long term.” The article notes that twice, Westinghouse applied for DOE funding through its SMR commercialization program. With partners, AmerenMissouri, the state’s other investor-owned utilities, the electric cooperatives and the municipal generators like Columbia and Fulton, Westinghouse “estimated each 225-megawatt SMR could provide power to about 45,000 residential homes,” and it pledged to add SMRs to the Callaway nuclear plant site. But twice, Westinghouse lost the funding effort and it now plans to “pull back from SMRs.”
Small Modular Reactor Research and Education Consortium (SMRrec)
The Small Modular Reactor Research and Education Consortium (SMRrec) led by Missouri S&T provides its members with research results to advance the design, construction and operation of SMRs by collaborating in the development of precompetitive technologies.
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