The NuScale Power SMR technology is a long-term strategy to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and replace aging coal-fired plants with a non-fossil fuel, medium-sized flexible power generating source.
The DOE research portion of the agreement is designed to focus on integrated energy systems that support power production and non-electric energy products. The other module may be used in a power purchase agreement to supply power to Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The utility Idaho Power has an existing transmission line connection with the lab, and since it has the load-serving responsibility from a regulatory standpoint, the power needs to be sold through them. The DOE forecasts that the lab will need up to 70 MW of power in the 2025-2030 timeframe.
The DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy agreement will allow the DOE to meet its needs in the form of resilient power to a national security mission-based lab while drawing from the nation's newest class of advanced reactors.