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Nuclear Energy is Focus of 2014 UAMPS Conference

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The future of nuclear energy – and UAMPS’ possible role in it – will highlight the 19th Annual Member Conference of the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, Aug. 17-20, hosted by Logan City in the Riverwoods Conference Center in Logan.

 Key speakers on Aug. 18, the conference’s first full day, will include Dr. Peter Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy in the U.S. Department of Energy, and Dr. Jose Reyes, Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of NuScale Power LLC, which is developing small modular reactors (SMRs) that are attracting world-wide attention.

UAMPS is a partner with Nuscale Power and Energy Northwest in investigating the possibility of developing the world’s first SMR project, possibly located at Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls.

The UAMPS conference will recognize that a new era in nuclear energy development is occuring, focused on small, scalable, factory-built modular reactors that are clean and emissions-free, while being far safer and less expensive than traditional massive nuclear plants.

Dr. Lyons, a scientist and former commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, will speak on the future of nuclear energy. Dr. Reyes will discuss the impressive progress in developing NuScale’s SMR technology. Doug Hunter, UAMPS general manager, will discuss UAMPS’ participation in Project WIN (Western Initiative for Nuclear), which is a multi-state collaboration investigating the demonstration and deployment of a SMR plant in the West. (…)

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