DPU: Carbon Free Power Project Virtually July 21

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos citizens are invited to view an update on the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) presented by Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), NuScale Power, Fluor and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The meeting is geared toward municipal and cooperative utilities participating in the project, one of which is Los Alamos County.

Beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, citizens can view the live stream on the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DPU1968/live/ or on the DPU website, visit https://ladpu.com/CFPP. The meeting will be recorded and also made available after July 21 for viewing on DPU’s webpage. 

The CFPP is the proposed construction of a nuclear electric generation facility at Idaho National Laboratory using small modular reactor (SMR) technology developed by NuScale Power. Los Alamos County has subscribed to 11.2 megawatts from this 720 megawatt facility to be operational in 2029 to assist with DPU’s goal to be a carbon neutral electric provider by 2040.

This July 21 virtual meeting which will focus on the overall project, in addition to a joint meeting with the Board of Public Utilities and Council July 28 which will focus on the local implications and interests, will update Los Alamos’ governing bodies prior to a go or no-go decision on the CFPP. Both the BPU and Council will decide in August/September whether or not the County continues participation in the development of the project.

Specifically, is it in the best interest of the community to commit to funding for the next phase of the CFPP or to exit? If the County approves this next phase, there are still future off-ramp opportunities prior to the CFPP construction. Off-ramps are designed to minimize each participant’s investment if it is determined the project is no longer a preferred option for the community.

Los Alamos citizens are encouraged to visit DPU’s webpage for more information on the project at  https://ladpu.com/CFPP and to watch the July 21 virtual meeting designed for project participants’ governing bodies on the DPU Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DPU1968/live/ . The meeting will also be recorded and made available on the DPU’s webpage. Information on the July 28 joint BPU and Council meeting will be sent separately.  

Contact the Department of Public Utilities for more information, at CustomerCare@lacnm.us or call 505.662.8333 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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