The future of nuclear energy in Wisconsin could be different than huge power plants along Lake Michigan as energy companies explore small-scale reactors which wouldn’t require nearly as much water and could be operated in a wide range of locations.

Dairyland Power Cooperative, of La Crosse, is eyeing use of the modular reactors which could be linked together like Legos to produce electricity for hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses.

Dairyland has partnered with Portland, Oregon-based NuScale Power to evaluate use of the technology in a scaled-down nuclear plant.

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