The Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) formally launched the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) in 2015 as part of its long-term strategy to reduce carbon emissions and replace aging coal-fired plants with non-fossil fuel, and medium-sized, flexible power generating source.
The project will construct a Small Modular Reactor (SMR) power plant at the Idaho National Laboratory site. The proposed SMR plant would have 12, 60-meggawatt modules that could generate 720 megawatts of clean electricity (if operating at 100 percent capacity). The plant is projected to be fully operational by 2027 and provide electricity to Idaho Falls other member cities of UAMPS.
Video Presentation (August 15, 2019)
Idaho Falls Power General Manager Bear Prairie and NuScale Senior Reactor Operator Michael Downs provided insight into the SMR Project during a special public presentation on Aug. 15, 2019. You can watch the video here.
Prairie, with 20 years of energy industry experience, assumed the role of General Manager of Idaho Falls Power and Idaho Falls Fiber in 2018. He was promoted from Assistant General Manager, a position he held for eight years. He is highly experienced in utility executive management, commodity trading and asset development.
Downs has his Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Technology and 40-plus years of experience in the nuclear power industry working in a variety of positions. He previously worked for General Electric-Hitachi (ESBWR), Westinghouse (ABWR) and Babcock & Wilcox (mpower SMR). For the past three years, he’s been with NuScale Power serving in their operations department.