Notes From the Ameren SMR Supplier Summit

Last month Westinghouse and Ameren convened a “supplier summit” to prepare for the possibility of moving forward on the design and construction of small modular reactors.


They are still waiting to hear from the Department of Energy about the critical initial grants.  That decision was originally expected at the end of September.  Folks now believe it may be before the end of the year.


Governor Jay Nixon showed up to give a speech.  He seemed like he couldn’t shake the campaign fog, and talk to audience though.  The remarks were about the big job numbers from the previous month and about investment in the state’s auto industry.  Odd considering the purpose of the conference.


But the one nice Nixon line to save for Iowa: “Won’t it be nice when someone walks into a store in Beijing and picks something up and it says made in USA?”