Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Tuesday ratified legislation that could assist carry nuclear microreactors to Alaska in the forthcoming years to help villages decrease the elevated electricity prices.
Senate Bill 177, initiated by the governor earlier this year and upheld by the Alaskan Legislature, streamlines regulatory techniques so that Alaskan communities can try using the nuclear microreactors if they want.
The U.S. Air Force is currently gawking at establishing a microreactor at Eielson Air Force Base by 2027. And Copper Valley Electric Association is looking at the likelihood of establishing one in Valdez.
The bill approval occurred at the governor’s three-day Alaska Sustainable Energy Conference in Anchorage. The conflict in Ukraine forces the gas prices to record degrees, and suspicions grow about the long-term supply of Cook Inlet natural gas.
Michael Valore, manning a booth for Westinghouse Electric, explained that the nuclear waste from its eVinci microreactor system would not prevail in villages.
“We bring the unit with the fuel in it, and we take the reactor away with the fuel in it,” Valore said. “There is no radiated material handling required in any remote area of Alaska with this design. It does not need to be refueled in Alaska.”
“We designed this to be almost a drop-in type replacement for diesel generation,” Valore said.