WASHINGTON, D.C.—Legislation designed to facilitate development of small, scalable reactors was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week. The chief sponsors of H.R. 1808, the Nuclear Power 2021 Act, are Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA) and Tim Murphy (R-PA). The Nuclear Power 2021 Act authorizes the Department of Energy to implement programs to develop and demonstrate two small reactors of fewer than 300 megawatts of electric generating capacity by January 2021. Following is a statement from Alex Flint, the Nuclear Energy Institute’s senior vice president for governmental affairs:
“The Nuclear Energy Institute thanks Representatives Altmire and Murphy for sponsoring legislation that will help make small reactors a contributor to the nation’s future energy security. There are many positive aspects to smaller reactor designs that can be installed, incrementally, in less-populated areas of the country that don’t need large power stations, or in developing countries that lack sufficient electric grid capacity to accommodate large electric-generation facilities. Small reactors can be used along with large nuclear plants and renewable technologies to cleanly generate electricity that raises living standards, drives economic growth and creates jobs.
“As stipulated in the legislation, industry looks forward to partnering with the federal government to advance this important technology. Public-private cost-sharing partnerships have worked successfully in many fields, and are an appropriate, proven means to pioneer technologies that serve the public interest.”