The SRERC would play a key role in advancing new energy technologies.

Washington, DCLast week, Representative John Curtis (R-UT) led a group of his Utah congressional colleagues including Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), and Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT). in writing a letter to the United States Department of Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette to request the Department of Energy consider supporting, through funding and technical assistance, the development of the San Rafael Energy Research Center (SRERC) in Orangeville, Emery County, Utah.

“Utah is well-positioned to move forward an advanced energy research center such as the SRERC. The state is fortunate to have: 1) A thriving highly educated workforce 2) A large and growing young talent base 3) One of the fastest emerging tech-based industries in the country 4) An ability to communicate internationally through a highly bilingual workforce, and 5) Broad support for rural community economic development,” the group wrote in a bipartisan letter to the Secretary of the DOE. “As you know, sustainable energy transitions continue to evolve and the interest in advancing small modular nuclear power and expanding carbon capture technology remains high. Envisioned as a research center for industry, academic institutions, and government entities, the SRERC supports the development of a diversified coal industry and alternatives for uranium-based nuclear power.”