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Gillette, Wyoming Makes Pitch To Become Hub To Build Tiny Nuclear Plants

Gillette Mayor Shay Lundvall has a vision for the coal-rich Powder River Basin in northeast Wyoming: Bring a components manufacturer and assembly factory together to build tiny nuclear power plants.

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New-wave reactor technology could kick-start a nuclear renaissance — and the US is banking on it

Off the Siberian coast, not far from Alaska, a Russian ship has been docked at port for four years. The Akademik Lomonosov, the world’s first floating nuclear power plant, sends energy to around 200,000 people on land using next-wave nuclear technology: small modular reactors.

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Lawmakers Push for More Nuclear Microreactors in INDOPACOM

Reps. Rob Wittman and Jen Kiggans, members of the House Armed Services Committee, are pressing U.S. Indo-Pacific Command boss Adm. John Aquilino to ask for more procurement for nuclear micro-reactors in the fiscal 2025 budget request, as a way to ease the logistics of powering forward bases in his command.

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CBS 60 Minutes interview with Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon: Wyoming’s climate-friendly green energy plan

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon spoke with CBS 60 Minutes to talk about the state’s energy policy that includes nuclear power. The state has been working with Idaho National Laboratory’s Frontiers Initiative to develop a global market powered with advanced nuclear.

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Opinion: The U.S. could reshape the global economy for the next century. Will it seize the opportunity?

The global economic landscape is changing rapidly due to two major forces: The reemergence of geopolitical competition among the world’s most powerful nations and a shift to low-emission economies in the West.

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TerraPower selects Kemmerer, Wyoming as the preferred site for advanced reactor demonstration plant

November 16, 2021

TerraPower today announced Kemmerer, Wyoming as the preferred site for the Natrium™ reactor demonstration project, which is a TerraPower and GE-Hitachi technology, and is one of two competitively-selected advanced reactor demonstration projects (ARDP) supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The company selected the Kemmerer location, near the Naughton Power Plant, following an extensive evaluation process and meetings with community members and leaders.

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Eielson AFB Announced as Site for Air Force Micro-Reactor Pilot

October 15, 2021

The Department of the Air Force has selected Eielson Air Force Base (AFB) to pilot its first micro-reactor. The next-generation energy capability will provide the installation with a clean, reliable, and resilient nuclear energy supply technology for critical national security infrastructure.

The micro-reactor pilot was initiated in response to the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act requirement to identify potential locations to site, construct, and operate a micro-reactor by the end of 2027. The micro-reactor will be commercially owned and operated and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensed.