Lighting up Utah with nuclear power?

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  • WallE Walla Walla, WA
    Jan. 13, 2019 10:58 p.m.

    Natural gas power plants made money with small modular designs. It is interesting that INEL is following the same approach for nuclear power. These modular nuclear designs are proven safe in ships and effective for the Navy in seas rougher than any earthquake.

    I am cautiously hopeful. Fusion is where we need to go, but we won't try until we are comfortable with fission.

    Remember when we thought electric power would become too cheap to meter? It could still happen, but not without developing better nuclear energy technology. I never dreamed long distance phone calls wouldn't be metered. Remember paying 25 cents per minute? Can you imagine paying a subscription fee for electric energy? I hope it happens for our kids!

  • drich Green River, Utah
    Jan. 12, 2019 5:22 p.m.

    Getting going near Green River.

  • Red Smith , 00
    Jan. 12, 2019 2:17 p.m.

    Pretty dumb idea. Nuke power costs double to make than solar or natural gas. So what's the point?

    Nuke power has too many downsides - waste, earth quake, terrorism, etc. Nuke power is an out date power technology. Very dumb idea.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 11:05 a.m.

    I think solutions like this are great opportunities for pretty clean energy. It is also a great way to reduce the water requirements of nuclear power in older technologies.

    Would be nice to use these, in Utah, to help clean up the crappy air.

  • liberal larry Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 10:05 a.m.

    The reason nuclear power is on the ropes is because of its cost! Washington state got burned by its infamous Whoops debacle, resulting in the largest default of muni bonds in history. (2.25 billion dollars)

    Show us the unsubsidized cost of nuclear power, including design, construction, waste storage,
    etc. so we can see how it stacks up against coal, oil, wind, solar, hydro, and natural gas!

  • tryingtosmile salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 9:36 a.m.

    North salt lake has been building a food digester to process food waste into energy. Will also have fertilizer for nearby farms. No extra water since it is next to the water treatment plant and can use wastewater. Not fresh water. I have been watching them build this for over a year. There are possibilities all over. When the chinese bought the circle 4 hog farm down southern Utah they invested into the waste system and it now powers the facility and parts of town. But it took international investment to show Americans what can be done.

  • Flipphone , 00
    Jan. 12, 2019 7:27 a.m.

    Nuclear power and natural Gas is the present and the Future.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 6:31 a.m.

    So Utah is buying into a "new" nuclear technology that still needs water (so expect water wars here in the drought-prone West), waste storage capabilities (more real estate that is now off limits forever to other use) and all sorts of safety technology, when wind, solar, and battery storage are booming and drastically falling in costs -- with NO need of water, waste facilities, or safety measures.

    I hope the members of UAMPS think through this very carefully. Should this fail, it will be ratepayers and taxpayers (yes, the same folks) holding the bag for costs. Two Georgia nuke plants -- started by Bush/Obama stimulus -- are way over budget and behind schedule, costing billions and neither plants has created one KWH of power yet.

    Cottonwood Heights just announced its plans for 100 percent renewables with other cities from SLC to Moab to Park City having already declaring those goals. As more cities move in this direction, there may be fewer cities available to invest into this new nuclear experiment.

  • mallow Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 9:59 p.m.

    Let me get this right. Utah and Idaho are on a big fault line. Every year we are told that it isn't if, but when, that we will have a major earthquake. But having nuclear plants and nulear waste (I know this isn't in the article) is a great idea. Right?