VOICES OF LOS ALAMOS NEWS
Voices of Los Alamos will hear from Steve Cummings, Los Alamos County Deputy Utility Manager for Power Production Monday, Aug. 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Loop.
Mr. Cummins will be talking about the Carbon Free Power Project and the Small Modular (nuclear) Reactor Project that LA County is already invested in.
Los Alamos County is a member of the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS). UAMPS, NuScale and Energy Northwest entered into a teaming agreement to investigate the viability of developing a Small Modular Reactor (SMR) project in the State of Idaho. This is known as the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP). The purpose and need of the CFPP is to provide for additional mid-sized baseload electrical generating capacity to meet the expected needs of UAMPS’ members. In August 2015, the Los Alamos Power Pool entered into a siting agreement with UAMPS and committed to an expenditure for the initial siting phase work.
Joining the Department of Public Utilities leadership team in 2000, Mr. Cummins currently supervises operations for power production and electric distribution. He serves as the manager of operations for the Los Alamos Power Pool pursuant to the County-DOE Electric Coordination Agreement. Other responsibilities include oversight of transmission service contracts, purchased power contracts, a jointly operated power control center, two hydroelectric facilities and power supply planning. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Mr. Cummins is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 20 years of experience in municipal utility engineering and seven years of consultant engineering.