MBEF Executive Director Statement on Westinghouse Not Being Awarded DOE Grant
Jefferson City, MO – Today, Missourians for a Balanced Energy Future’s Executive Director Irl Scissors expresses disappointment upon hearing that Westinghouse Electric Company was denied a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a Small Modular Reactor in Missouri. The project would have enhanced Missouri’s clean energy options, created thousands of local jobs and added billions to our economy.
“This is a great loss for Missouri,” Scissors said. “As this state continues to forge new ground in diversifying its clean and renewable energy sources, there’s no doubt that the SMR opportunity would have put us on the map as a global leader in this new technology. I remain hopeful that Westinghouse and its utility partners still see Missouri as a viable option to develop SMRs even without the government grant. The economic development and job creation potential is too great to dismiss.”