The Partnership for Science and Technology is seeking nominations for the 2014 Energy Advocate Award.  

 Nomination Criteria

  • The Energy Advocate Award acknowledges a noteworthy, specific achievement or outstanding, ongoing work toward a specific event or goal.
  • the achievement, activity or goal must be consistent with PST's goal in support of energy initiatives that are right for the region, right for the nation, right for the planet.
  • Nominations will be accepted from PST members in good standing.
  • Membership in PST is NOT a requirement for nomination.
  • Nominees may be an individual agency or organization.

Deadline for nomination is 5:00pm, Monday December 8, 2014      

 For a nomination packet email Leslie at


Posted on October 30, 2014 .

PST Member NuScale Power and DOE Complete Cooperative Agreement

NuScale and DOE Complete Cooperative Agreement

Initiates Up To $217M Funding Of NuScale SMR Development


NuScale Power recently announced that it has finalized the cooperative agreement with the US Department of Energy (DOE) as an awardee under the program for “Cost-Shared Development of Innovative Small Modular Reactor Designs.”  NuScale was selected as the sole awardee of the DOE round two funding in December of 2013.

The agreement calls for NuScale to receive up to $217M in matching funds over a five year period.  The company will use the funds to perform the engineering and testing needed to proceed through the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Design Certification Process.  NuScale expects to submit the application for design certification in the second half of 2016.  This will allow NuScale to meet a commercial operation date of 2023 for its first planned project, in Idaho, with partners Energy NorthWest and Utah Associated Municipal Systems.

John Hopkins, NuScale Power’s chairman and chief executive officer ststed, “We are pleased to have completed this agreement, initiating our partnership with DOE to develop a global leadership position for American products in the Small Modular Reactor market.  With the support of DOE and our key partners, we are committed to pursuing commercialization and meeting the needs of our future customers.”

“Small modular reactors represent a new generation of safe, reliable, low-carbon nuclear energy technology and provide a strong opportunity for America to lead this emerging global industry”, said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, when announcing NuScale’s  selection  last December. 

“The Energy Department is committed to strengthening nuclear energy’s continuing important role in America’s low carbon future, and new technologies like small modular reactors will help ensure our continued leadership in the safe and efficient use of nuclear power worldwide.”

Posted on May 30, 2014 .

EBR 1 Opens for the summer

Experimental Breeder Reactor-I (EBR-I) opens for the summer season


Beginning this weekend, you can take a closer look at INL's historic nuclear energy contributions at the Experimental Breeder Reactor-I museum. 


Public tours of EBR-I will resume for the summer starting Friday, May 23. The facility, on the Department of Energy's Idaho Site off U.S. Highway 20, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week through the Labor Day weekend. Visitors can either tour the facility on their own or take a guided tour. 


EBR-I was completed in 1951 and produced the world's first usable amount of electricity from nuclear power on Dec. 20, 1951. The reactor was operated until late 1963 and decommissioned in 1964. EBR-I was dedicated as a Registered National Historic Landmark on Aug. 25, 1966, by President Lyndon Johnson and Glenn Seaborg, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. 


EBR-I was also dedicated as a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark in 1979 by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a Historic Landmark for Advances in Materials Technology in 1979 by the American Society of Metals and a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society in 1987. In June 2004, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) marked EBR-1 as an IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing. 


More than a quarter of a million visitors from every state and dozens of foreign countries have come through its doors since EBR-I opened for summer tours in 1975. Learn more at or watch the video to take a virtual tour of the historic nuclear reactor  


INL is one of the DOE's 10 multiprogram national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of DOE's strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science and environment. INL is the nation's leading center for nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the laboratory is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance.

Posted on May 30, 2014 .

DOE to Receive Public Comments on WW II Structures




Public invited to comment on Draft Environmental Assessment on the Disposition of Five Signature Properties at Idaho National Laboratory


The U.S. Department of Energy invites the public to read and comment on a draft environmental assessment it has prepared for a proposal to tear down four World War II-era historic structures and a portion of one additional World War II-era historic structure at Idaho National Laboratory’s Central Facilities Area where the U.S. Naval Proving Ground was established in 1942.


The structures have deteriorated and are no longer used.


The Naval Proving Ground facilities were built in the early 1940s to support the war effort.  The location was one of six ordnance-testing sites across the country and the only one to test the 16-inch guns used on battleships in the Pacific Fleet during WW II.  Ordnance manufactured, rebuilt, or repaired at the U.S. Naval Ordnance Plant in Pocatello were shipped by rail to the Naval Proving Ground and test-fired for accuracy.


The draft environmental assessment prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act is posted for public review at: Draft EA Signature Properties.pdf


DOE’s public comment period on the draft environmental assessment will conclude on June 30, 2014.  Comments can be submitted by mail to Dan Shirley, U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, 1955 Fremont Avenue, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83415-1222; or by email to  Paper copies of the document are available on request.


Posted on May 29, 2014 .

The Partnership for Science and Technology and the Western Initiative for Nuclear to Award Engineering Scholarships to Idaho Students

The Partnership for Science and Technology and the Western Initiative for Nuclear to Award Engineering Scholarships to Idaho Students


Idaho Falls, ID. May 13, 2014—The Partnership for Science and Technology in association with the Western Initiative for Nuclear is pleased to announce two $2,500 scholarship opportunities for nuclear, mechanical, chemical or materials engineering students.


The scholarships will be awarded to an incoming junior and incoming senior attending the University of Idaho, Boise State University, Idaho State University or Brigham Young University.


Funding for the scholarships is provided by a grant from NuScale Power. The scholarship criteria and details are attached.




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Amount:                       $2,500 per student for up to two students.  This scholarship opportunity is limited to students enrolled at University of Idaho (Moscow, ID), Idaho State University (Pocatello, ID), Boise State University (Boise, ID), and Brigham Young University – Idaho (Rexburg, ID)

Award Date:                 August 19, 2014

Major:                          Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering

Class Level:                 One award for incoming junior and one award for incoming senior

Enrolled:                      Full-time (defined as 12 credit hours per semester)

GPA:                            3.0 minimum for continuing students or program acceptance for new students.


Required:                     Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or have a student visa to study in the United States.


Transcript:                   Most recent college transcript or unofficial transcript with a current class schedule required.


Letters of

Recommendation:       Three letters of recommendation from faculty addressing the applicant’s academic performance and personal characteristics.


Statement by

Applicant:                    Include a 250 word statement/essay on how you will apply your field of study to Small Modular Reactor technology.


Selection Criteria:       Preference given to students demonstrating intention to work in the nuclear industry, GPA scores, and applicant statement/essay.  All applicants will be reviewed.  The decision of the selection committee will be final.


The Scholarship Committee cannot consider incomplete applications.


Return:                         Complete Applications including:

(PDFs)                          Student Contact Information

                                    Statement/Essay by applicant

                                    Transcript/Class schedule

                                    Three letters of recommendation


Email To:              or mail to PST, 425 N Capital Av. Idaho Falls, 83402



Selection Committee:  PST/ Western Initiative for Nuclear Scholarship Committee


Due Date:                     June 16, 2014


Posted on May 15, 2014 .

Allgood calls it good

Allgood calls it good

Nuclear advocate to retire July 1


A longtime eastern Idaho advocate for nuclear energy will step down from his post this summer.

Lane Allgood, executive director of the Partnership for Science and Technology in Idaho Falls, will retire July 1, taking "some much needed time off" to spend more time with his grandchildren. Allgood has lead the organization since its inception in 2006. He previously worked in public affairs at Idaho National Laboratory and North Wind Group.

"It's been very rewarding to build this from nothing into a pretty influential organization that is financially sound and has a diverse membership," Allgood said. "We are well respected in Washington, D.C., and when we go back we always have a seat at the table with decision makers."

The nonprofit Partnership for Science and Technology not only promotes the benefits of nuclear energy, it also advocates funding for INL at the regional, state and federal levels. Membership in the group, which ranges from 80 to 100, includes local businesses, labor unions, municipal entities and individuals.

"The point I try and stress to local businesses is that a healthy INL budget is very good for our community. It affects every aspect of business in eastern Idaho," Allgood said. "We try to promote to them that we are out there advocating for a strong lab and clean up budget and are trying to recruit other energy-minded businesses to come to town."

INL officials said Allgood has spent countless hours garnering community support for projects.

"Lane has brought INL and Idaho center stage nationally by representing Idaho's science and technology interests nationally," INL spokeswoman Amy Lientz said in an email. "... I recall he once helped bring hundreds to a public meeting in support of a new nuclear technology opportunity, not many people can fill a room like Lane."

Lientz also serves on the Partnership's board of directors.

The group played a big role in attracting French company Areva to commit to building a uranium enrichment plant in the area, Allgood said. Although the project recently stalled, Allgood still believes the Eagle Rock plant will be built.

Mike Hart, president of the Partnership board, said Allgood has worked hard to connect with key industry players, as well as keeping members informed about happenings in the energy world.

"As an executive director, Lane has done an excellent job of filtering information from publications and industry insiders and distributing it to members ... so they get a better idea of what matters to people in Idaho," Hart said.

The organization also participates in local outreach, including funding for school field trips and supporting energy-related programs at schools such as Eastern Idaho Technical College and Idaho State University.

"Lane has been extremely supportive with regards to science and technology programs that are offered at EITC and ISU, and we've both been very appreciative of that support," EITC President Steve Albiston said. "He leaves the organization with a solid foundation, so the new director can continue to champion new science and technology initiatives regionally, statewide and in the Pacific northwest."

Albiston is a member of the Partnership's board of directors. A candidate search is underway and the board hopes to name a replacement for Allgood before July 1.

"While the (Partnership for Science and Technology) is certainly sorry to see Lane leave, we will ensure that the organization uses this time as an opportunity to further improve its influence and effectiveness," Hart said in a news release. "To that end, we will be considering changes that could strengthen the organization and expand our regional influence."

Posted on April 24, 2014 .

Executive Director Lane Allgood Announces Retirement

Search for qualified replacement is underway

Idaho Falls, ID—Lane Allgood, who has served as Executive Director of the Partnership for Science and Technology (PST) since its founding in 2006, announced his retirement at the group's board of directors meeting April 9.  During Allgood’s tenure, the PST grew in membership and became the region's primary energy education and advocacy organization. 

Posted on April 14, 2014 .

PST Founding Member Earns Five Year Extension to Manage INL

Idaho Falls, ID. March 27, 2014–The Partnership for Science and Technology (PST) extends its congratulations to PST founding member Battelle Energy Alliance in receiving a five year contract extension to manage the Idaho National Laboratory.

The contract extension was announced by the Department of Energy Thursday afternoon at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies in Idaho Falls.

Posted on March 27, 2014 .

2014 Washington DC Trip

Idaho Falls, ID. March 21, 2014–Five eastern Idaho community leaders, including Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper, traveled to Washington, D.C., the week of March 10 to meet with Idaho’s Congressional delegation and senior Department of Energy staff members. 

In addition to Mayor Casper, the delegation consisted of Lane Allgood, executive director of the Partnership for Science and Technology; Michelle Holt, CEO of the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce; Linda Martin, CEO of Grow Idaho Falls; and Ann Riedesel board chair of Grow Idaho Falls.

Posted on March 24, 2014 .