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AIC Legal Memo Response to TASC
Friday, 02 October 2015

AIC Letter Opposing Recommended Dismissal of APS Solar Tariff
Tuesday, 11 August 2015

AIC Intervention in UNS-Electric Rate Case
Tuesday, 21 July 2015

AIC Supports APS Net Metering Cost Shift Solution
Friday, 05 June 2015

AIC Supports TEP Net Metering Tariff
Monday, 1 June 2015

Letter of Opposition to AG-1 Extension
Monday, 8 December 2014

AIC Comments on 111(d)
Tuesday, 2 December 2014

AIC Four Corners Surrebuttal
Monday, 21 July 2014

AIC Testimony on Four Corners
Friday, 20 June 2014

AIC Testimony on UNS/Fortis Settlement
Monday, 2 June 2014

AIC Letter on Net Metering
Monday, 4 November 2013

Deregulation Responsive Comments
Thursday, 17 October 2013

Deregulation Comments
Wednesday, 9 October 2013


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General Atomics Hopes to Sell Small Reactors Within 12 Years

EEI Daily Energy News

General Atomics said it intends to develop a small, helium-cooled nuclear reactor that will use nuclear waste as its fuel within 12 years, the Wall Street Journal reported today. General Atomics called it the Energy Multiplier Module and estimated that there was enough waste to fuel 3,000 of the 240-MW reactors. The reactors' operating temperature would be up to 850 degrees Centigrade, which could make them well-adapted for industrial use. They would be one-fourth the size of traditional reactors.

General Atomics hoped to use its experience in building more than five dozen small reactors to make a simple reactor with passive safety systems. However, the estimated $1.7-billion cost of development, along with the need for NRC certification of the unique design, loomed as significant obstacles. Company Senior VP John Parmentola said that "we know we're in the very early stage with a lot of work ahead of us." David Matthews, head of new reactors at NRC, noted: "We anticipate that [reviewing the reactors] will take a great deal of additional effort because of the uniqueness of the designs."

Wall Street Journal, Feb. 22.