Think small modular reactors, not large nuclear plants. Advanced nuclear energy has the potential to play an important role for TVA as we strive to offer clean energy that also is reliable and low-cost.
Emerging nuclear technologies are showing great promise for increasing our power generation capabilities by offering reliable, affordable, flexible and clean-energy alternatives.
Small modular reactors (SMRs) require less space and are more flexible than a traditional nuclear plant, yet they offer enormous power capabilities. They improve safety and security, because they are below ground. Their smaller footprint means they can be built more quickly, are easier to operate and better fit into the landscape due to their compact size.
We are committed to working with partners and investing in the future of nuclear. In 2019, we became the first utility in the nation to successfully obtain approval for an early site permit from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to potentially construct and operate small modular reactors at the Clinch River Nuclear site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
How will these advanced technologies impact the Valley? Our scientists and engineers are working with our partners to answer that very question. Here’s what we know: as we move toward new energy solutions, advanced nuclear technology will help us keep your lights on while making safe carbon-free generation even safer. Yes, it’s that important.