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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.

Recent Events

  • October NEP Webinar: Compensating Nuclear Power
    October 8, 2021
    • 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
    • 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, Oklo, and NuScale.

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  • June NEP Webinar: Introduction to Advanced Nuclear
    June 4, 2021
    • 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
    • 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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Partnership Launch Announcement

    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. Michael Carrigan, Illinois Commerce 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. Stefanie Krevda, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
    • Hon. Katherine Peretick, Michigan Public Service Commission
    • 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
    • Tom Kaczmarek, New York State Public Service Commission
    • Megan Good, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
    • Eric Ciccoretti, 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