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LWRS Program and EPRI Long-Term Operations Program - Joint R&D Plan

To address the challenges associated with pursuing commercial nuclear power plant operations beyond 60 years, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have established separate but complementary research and development programs: DOE-NE’s Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Program and EPRI’s Long-Term Operations (LTO) Program. To ensure that a proper linkage is maintained between the programs, DOE-NE and EPRI executed a Memorandum of Understanding in late 2010 to “establish guiding principles under which research activities (between LWRS and LTO) could be coordinated to the benefit of both parties.” The Memorandum of Understanding calls for DOE-NE and EPRI to “provide and annually update a coordinated plan for the LWRS and LTO programs. The plan should provide for the integration of the separate LWRS and LTO Program Plans at the project level, showing project scope, schedule, budgets, and key interrelationships between the LWRS and LTO programs, including possible cost sharing.” This document represents the second annual revision to the initial version (March 2011) of the plan as called for in the Memorandum of Understanding.