Energy Northwest is the partner in two projects picked for a new Department of Energy program to demonstrate new advanced nuclear power reactor designs.
It raises the possibility that one might eventually be built near Richland.
“The selection of these projects is an absolute game-changer for our state and makes it official: Tri-Cities, Washington, is a global leader in nuclear energy innovation,” said Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash.
The Department of Energy last week announced that X-energy of Rockville, Md., and TerraPower, of Bellevue, Wash., partnered with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, were each awarded $80 million under the new Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program.
The region has been home to historic B Reactor, the world’s first full-scale nuclear reactor; N Reactor, with duel weapons programs and power production use; the Fast Flux Test Facility research reactor and the Columbia Generating Station, the Northwest’s only operating nuclear power plant.