Washington Public Power Supply System


The Washington Public Power Supply System (WPPSS) was organized in 1957 to guarantee electric power for the region's growing population and industries. Unfortunately, there are times when inexperienced construction management does not mesh well with the engineering design work. Such an experience led WPPSS to be pronounced "whoops." Builders often got ahead of the engineer designers, and the engineers then had to use their expertise to ensure that what had been built worked safely and properly with what was to come. Ultimately, only one of the five planned nuclear power plants was finished in 1984, at a cost of $3 billion-plus.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Electrical, Environmental
Topic(s):Electricity
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:At the time the Washington Public Power Supply System was formed in 1957, planners expected the demand for electricity in the region to double every 10 years. Accordingly, the WPPSS made plans to build five nuclear power plants. However, only Plant 2 was built, making it the state's first and only commercial nuclear power plant.