TRIDEC, U.S. Dept. of Energy recognize potential for local nuclear technology in global market

Kennewick, Wash. – X-Energy and TerraPower, both utility partners of Energy Northwest, have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to participate in the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP).

The ARDP, established in May 2020, was designed to help private industries in the United States demonstrate the innovative capabilities of advanced nuclear reactors.

According to David Reeploeg, Vice President for Federal Programs for the Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC), the selection of two local partners is a testament to the long legacy of the region’s advancements in nuclear technology, including the B Reactor, N Reactor, Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF), and Columbia Generating Station.

“The Tri-Cities has always been a global leader in groundbreaking scientific advancements,” said Reeploeg. “This award opens the door to a whole new chapter of nuclear leadership for our community.”

Both winning projects emphasize design features that improve safety and lower costs, both to construct and operate. These advancements give the United States a competitive edge in global markets, especially as countries around the world are increasingly turning to advanced nuclear power to reduce carbon emissions.

Congress has also seen the value in the ARDP, and Reeploeg emphasized his thanks to elected leaders for their continued support.

“We’re tremendously grateful to Congress and the Department of Energy for their continued support,” Reeploeg added. “X-Energy, TerraPower, and Energy Northwest are leaders in the clean energy industry, and TRIDEC looks forward to continue highlighting and promoting the Tri-Cities’ capabilities as a national and global leader in clean energy development, manufacturing, and generation,”

TRIDEC – originally established as the Tri-City Nuclear Industrial Council (TCNIC) in 1963 – works closely with local and regional leaders to support the region’s role as leaders in nuclear and clean energy technologies.