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Energy Infrastructure Modernization

Nuclear Energy

Given technological advances in nuclear generation and increasing state interest in retaining and encouraging zero-emission nuclear power, NARUC’s Center for Partnerships & Innovation (CPI) manages a Nuclear Energy Partnership with support from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy. Through this Partnership, NARUC provides opportunities for state public service commissioners and commission staff to better understand barriers and opportunities related to the U.S. nuclear fleet. NARUC educates and informs state commissioners and staff on important issues surrounding the use of nuclear energy technologies. This partnership includes analysis on policy and regulatory issues related to existing and new nuclear generation, leading to educational briefs, workshops, and informational forums aimed at NARUC's state membership.

Publications

  • Nuclear Energy as a Keystone Clean Energy Resource

    Authored by Energy Ventures Analysis, Inc. under subcontract to NARUC, this report explores nuclear energy’s role in providing carbon-free electricity and highlights key considerations for regulators to keep in mind as decarbonization efforts continue across many states and utilities.

    The paper includes a discussion of the reliability and cost attributes of nuclear energy. EVA finds that retaining and expanding the nuclear energy resource base will be of critical importance to achieve ambitious state and national decarbonization goals. However, barriers to a faster and more significant deployment of new nuclear energy resources persist, and many existing nuclear plants face economic pressure and competition from other resources. Reducing or removing these hurdles is within the purview of many stakeholders on the federal, state and local levels, including state public utility commissions. The paper reviews the state of the nuclear industry and the impacts of planned retirements and identifies opportunities for decision makers to support future nuclear expansion efforts aligned with the public interest.

    Download the report
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Recent Events

    • October Quarterly NEP Meeting
      October 21, 2022
      Presentation on Department of Energy Report-- Investigating Benefits and Challenges of Converting Coal Power Plants to Nuclear Power Plants - recording available here
    • Webinar: Nuclear Energy Provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act
      Sept. 16, 2022
      Moderator: Hon. Tim Echols, Georgia
      Panelists:
      • Benton Arnett, Director, Markets and Policy, Nuclear Energy Institute
      • Jackie Toth, Deputy Director, Good Energy Collective
      • Jon-Michael Murray, Nuclear Policy Manager, Clean Air Task Force
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    • Webinar: Nuclear as a Keystone Clean Energy Resource
      Aug. 26, 2022
      Moderator: Hon. Anthony O'Donnell, Maryland
      Panelists:
      • Phillip Graeter, Manager, Energy Ventures Analysis
      • Deeksha Anand, Senior Integrated Energy Analyst, Energy Ventures Analysis
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    • June NEP Webinar: Assessing and Mitigating Financial Risks of New Nuclear
      June 17, 2022
      Moderator: Hon. Eric Skrmetta, Louisiana
      Panelists:
      • Jeffrey Brown, Managing Director, Energy Futures Financing Forum and Adjunct Professor, Stanford School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences
      • Judi Greenwald, Executive Director, Nuclear Innovation Alliance
      • Kirsty Gogan, Co-Founder, TerraPraxis and Managing Partner, LUCIDCATALYST
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    • May NEP Virtual Briefing: Implications of Disruptions in Russian Fuel Supply on Nuclear Energy
      May 13, 2022
      Moderator: Commissioner Katherine Peretick, Michigan
      Speakers:
      • Nima Ashkeboussi, Senior Director, Fuel and Radiation Safety, NEI
      • John Kotek, Senior Vice President, Policy Development and Public Affairs, NEI

    • March NEP Webinar: Paving New Trails for Advanced Fission with Oklo
      March 11, 2022
      Moderators:
      • Hon. Kim Duffley, North Carolina
      • Hon. Anthony O'Donnell, Maryland
      Speakers:
      • Dr. Jacob DeWitte, CEO and Co-Founder, Oklo Inc.
      • Jackie Kempfer Siebens, Director, Government Affairs, Oklo Inc.
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    • NRC-NARUC Federal State Information Session on Nuclear Regulation
      February 16, 2022
      The Nuclear Energy Partnership hosted an information exchange with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) providing members with an overview of the NRC, and discussions on topics such as NRC approaches to optimizing the licensing process, the role of the NRC in safely regulating advanced reactors, and opportunities for engagement between NARUC, state public utility commissions and the NRC.

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    • January NEP Webinar: Understanding and Solving HALEU Fuel Supply Chain Challenges
      January 7, 2022
      Speakers:
      • Dr. Monica C. Regalbuto, Director, Nuclear Fuel Cycle Strategy, Idaho National Laboratory
      • Andy Griffith, Deputy Assistant Secretary, DOE Office of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Supply Chain
      • Dan Poneman, CEO of Centrus Energy Corp.
      • Kirk Schnoebelen, President, URENCO, Inc.

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    • October NEP Webinar: Compensating Nuclear Power
      October 8, 2021
      Speakers:
      • Dr. David Gattie, Associate Professor of Engineering, University of Georgia
      • Lori Bird, Director, US Energy Program and Polsky Chair for Renewable Energy, World Resources Institute
      • Steven Swilley, Senior Director and Deputy Chief Nuclear Officer, Electric Power Research Institute

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    • August NEP Webinar: Prospects for Nuclear in Puerto Rico and the Pacific Northwest
      August 6, 2021
      Speakers:
      • Jesus M. Nunez, PE, Director of the Board and CEO, Nuclear Alternative Project
      • Arne Olson, Senior Partner, E3

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    • NARUC Members-Only Advanced Nuclear Technology Workshop

      July 1, 2021

      This workshop featured advanced nuclear technology researchers and experts from public and private sectors to give NARUC members a clear picture of where these technologies are in the commercialization process. In addition, the workshop highlighted the role of public-private partnerships in advanced nuclear research, development, demonstration, and deployment, and identify information gaps and state needs and challenges in advanced nuclear development. Attendees heard from speakers representing the U.S. DOE/Idaho National Laboratory, Nuclear Innovation Alliance, X-energy, TerraPower, GE Hitachi, Kairos Power, and NuScale.

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    • June NEP Webinar: Introduction to Advanced Nuclear
      June 4, 2021
      Speakers:
      • Dr. Shannon Bragg-Sitton, Lead, Integrated Energy Systems, Idaho National Laboratory
      • Christine King, Director, Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear, Idaho National Laboratory
      • Nicholas McMurray, Nuclear Program Director, ClearPath
      • Jeffrey Merrifield, Partner, Pillsbury Law

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    • Inaugural NEP Webinar: The State of Nuclear - Challenges and Opportunities
      May 7, 2021
      Speakers:
      • Matt Crozat, Senior Director, Business Policy, Nuclear Energy Institute
      • Heather Feldman, Director, Nuclear Innovation, Electric Power Research Institute
      • Jessica Lovering, Founder, Good Energy Collective

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    • 2023 NEP Site Visit
      Dates and location TBA
      A 2023 site visit will be announced in early 2023 for NEP members. Contact NARUC staff for more information.
    • NEP Site Visit to Idaho National Laboratory
      June 27 - 30, 2022
      NARUC members toured nuclear research and development facilities at Idaho National Laboratory's campus in Idaho Falls, ID. Click here for more information.

    Nuclear Energy Partnership Members

    Partnership Co-Chairs:
    • Hon. Anthony O'Donnell, Maryland
    • Hon. Tim Echols, Georgia
    Partnership Members:
    • Hon. Brent Bailey, Mississippi Public Service Commission
    • Hon. Patrice Bubar, Maryland Public Service Commission
    • Hon. Michael Carrigan, Illinois Commerce Commission
    • Hon. John Chatburn, Idaho Public Utilities Commission
    • Hon. David Clark, Utah Public Service Commission
    • Hon. Kim Duffley, North Carolina Utilities Commission
    • Hon. John Gavan, Colorado Public Utilities Commission
    • Hon. Gary Hanson, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
    • Hon. Mary-Anna Holden, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    • Hon. David Hughes, U.S. Virgin Islands Public Services Commission
    • Hon. Judy Jagdmann, Virginia State Corporation Commission
    • Hon. Brad Johnson, Montana Public Service Commission
    • Hon. Stefanie Krevda, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
    • Hon. Keith Kurber, Regulatory Commission of Alaska
    • Hon. Katherine Peretick, Michigan Public Service Commission
    • Hon. Chris Petrie, Wyoming Public Service Commission
    • Hon. Bob Pickett, Regulatory Commission of Alaska
    • Hon. Ann Rendahl, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
    • Hon. Michael Richard, Maryland Public Service Commission
    • Hon. Katie Sieben, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
    • Hon. Eric Skrmetta, Louisiana Public Service Commission
    • Hon. Ted Thomas, Arkansas Public Service Commission
    • Hon. Becky Valcq, Wisconsin Public Service Commission
    • Hon. David Ziegner, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
    • Elijah Abinah, Arizona Corporation Commission
    • Zachary Branum, Arizona Corporation Commission
    • Patrick LeMere, Arizona Corporation Commission
    • Justin LéVeque, Colorado Public Utilities Commission
    • Rob Trokey, Georgia Public Service Commission
    • Amanda Best, Maryland Public Service Commission
    • Kevin Krause, Michigan Public Service Commission
    • Mike Kaluzniak, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
    • Christopher Garbacz, Mississippi Public Utilities Staff
    • Davis Gates, Mississippi Public Service Commission
    • Bridget Frymire, New York State Public Service Commission
    • Alex Holtschneider, Maryland Public Utility Commission
    • Tom Kaczmarek, New York State Public Service Commission
    • Megan Good, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
    • Renae Carter, Virginia State Corporation Commission
    • David Burns, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (observer)
    • Keith Masill, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (observer)
    • Dr. Todd Allen, University of Michigan Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (associate member)
    • Dr. Caleb Brooks, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering (associate member)
    • Hon. Jeffrey Merrifield, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (associate member)

    If you are interested in getting involved with the Nuclear Energy Partnership, please contact NARUC staff to learn about associate membership options.

    NARUC Staff Contacts