Westinghouse and power company Ameren Missouri formed a partnership to compete for federal energy funds designed to support the engineering, design certification and operation licensure of small modular nuclear reactors. The energy companies announced the plans earlier this spring at the Governor’s Mansion and briefed members of the state Public Service Commission during a meeting Wednesday in Jefferson City. Public Service Commission Chairman Kevin Gunn said he hopes company officials will provide periodic updates, even though it falls under federal regulators’ authority. Westinghouse has applied for a share of $452 million that the U.S. Department of Energy is making available for developing small nuclear reactors. Ameren plans to seek a license from the NRC that would allow it to build and operate up to five reactors.
Missouri utility regulators say they’re interested by a proposal for expanding nuclear energy in the state- although state officials so far have no authority over the possible project.