TVA pursues small nuclear reactor tests for Oak Ridge

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Smaller modular reactorName: mPowerDeveloper: Babcock and WilcoxEngineers: Bechtel Corp.First utility: Tennessee Valley AuthorityOutput: Each unit will have 180 megawatts, about 15 percent of the size of a nuclear plant like Sequoyah or Watts BarInitial site: TVA's Clinch River property in Oak RidgeSchedule: Regulatory licensing by 2015 and commercial operation by 2022, if approvedCost: Estimated $900 million per unit, or $5,000 per kilowatt output

The Tennessee Valley Authority, created 80 years ago to be a "living laboratory" for new government projects, plans to test a new type of a nuclear reactor designed to be smaller, simpler and less costly than America's current fleet of nuclear power plants.