This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. The Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems is called UAMPs for short and provides non-profit electrical services to community-owned electrical systems throughout the Intermountain West. Here’s government affairs director Mike Squires with more.
UAMPS provides energy to communities in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Wyoming. As the energy landscape continues to shift, UAMPS remains firmly focused on the reliable clean-air future energy needs of its member communities.
Most notably, UAMPS is leading the nation, and indeed the world, in its development of a small modular nuclear reactor. This facility will be capable of providing a 24/7 supply of carbon-free power and complement UAMPS’ growing renewable energy footprint. Engineers say it should provide virtually uninterrupted power for 60 years.
The project’s ability to be sited where existing coal-fired power plants now sit will harness existing transmission lines, and provide jobs to workers throughout rural America. Innovative projects such as this, using a realistic all-of-the-above approach to energy development and a commitment to affordable energy for its members, will continue to drive UAMPS’ decision making and efforts.
Electricity from UAMPS small-scale reactors will replace energy from coal plants nearing the end of their life cycles and add to the clean-air electricity produced from UAMPS wind and solar projects. I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, Speaking on Business.