The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions held a conference on May 9 that featured conversations with utilities, federal and state policy experts, and industry analysts to discuss solutions to address the retirement of nuclear power plants. The conference was from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at Lerner Hall, First Floor, George Washington University, 2000 H St, NW, Washington, DC.
U.S. nuclear power plants are being retired before their operating licenses expire because of persistently low market prices for electricity, complicating efforts to achieve climate targets.
The event also unveiled their new report, Solutions for Maintaining the Existing Nuclear Fleet, and featured a keynote from Ralph Izzo, CEO of PSEG, as well as perspectives on state policy options, environmental and economic impacts, and the federal landscape.
CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT, AND CEO, PUBLIC SERVICE ENTERPRISE GROUP INCORPORATED
Ralph Izzo was elected chairman and chief executive officer of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) in April 2007. He was named as the company’s president and chief operating officer and a member of the board of directors of PSEG in October 2006.
State Policies and Proposals to Support Existing Nuclear Power Plants
ENERGY PROGRAM MANAGER, NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES
Kristy Hartman is the energy program manager for the Environment, Energy and Transportation Program at the National Conference of State Legislatures. In this capacity, Kristy analyzes regulatory and legislative trends related to fossil fuels, energy security, grid reliability, nuclear power and alternative fuels.
VICE PRESIDENT, REGULATION, ARIZONA PUBLIC SERVICE
Barbara Lockwood is vice president of regulation for Arizona Public Service (APS). Based in Phoenix, APS is Arizona’s largest electric company and serves nearly 1.2 million customers around the state.
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, ENVIRONMENTAL HOPE & JUSTICE
Norris McDonald Is the founder and president of the Center for Environment, Commerce and Energy and its outreach arm, the African American Environmentalist Association (AAEA). He has been a career environmentalist for 36 years.
SENIOR ADVISOR, ANALYSIS GROUP
Susan F. Tierney, a Senior Advisor at Analysis Group, is an expert on energy economics, regulation, and policy. She has consulted to businesses, governments, grid operators, tribes, environmental groups, foundations, and other organizations on energy markets, and economic and environmental regulation and strategy.
SENIOR ENERGY FELLOW, CENTER FOR CLIMATE AND ENERGY SOLUTIONS
Doug Vine is a Senior Energy Fellow at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). He supports the center’s work on global and domestic energy production and utilization. Additionally, he focuses on topical energy issues including electric power, natural gas, and oil market developments.
Norris McDonald presentation at event
Federal Options to Support the U.S. Nuclear Fleet
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, FEDERAL REGULATORY AFFAIRS & WHOLESALE MARKET POLICY, EXELON CORPORATION
Kathleen L. Barrón is Senior Vice President, Competitive Market Policy, for Exelon Corporation. In that role, she oversees Exelon’s management of federal regulatory policies and strategies and is responsible for identifying and assessing key policy issues of interest to Exelon, crafting the company’s position on such issues, and developing strategies.
PRINCIPAL, THE BRATTLE GROUP
Dean M. Murphy is an engineer and economist with expertise in energy, competitive and regulatory economics and finance, as well as quantitative modeling and risk analysis. His work centers on the electric industry, encompassing issues such as climate change policy and analysis, resource and investment planning (including power and fuel)
PROFESSIONAL STAFF, SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Dr. Benjamin T. Reinke is a professional staff member of the majority staff of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, under the leadership of Chairman Lisa Murkowski.
SENIOR ADVISOR FOR ENERGY LAW PROGRAMS, PROFESSORIAL LECTURER IN LAW, THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
Donna Attanasio joined The George Washington University Law School in July 2013 as Senior Advisor for Energy Law Programs, where she leads the Law School’s Sustainable Energy Initiative.
According to a new report released by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions at the conference:
- The nuclear reactors that have already shut down are being replaced mostly by natural gas, “sending U.S. emissions in the wrong direction.”
- Noting that any federal policy driving nuclear power is unlikely in the near term, the report says action by states and corporations will be key.
- Some states are already taking action, and New York’s electric-grid operator floated a proposal last week about how it could put a price on carbon emissions within its system, which would help nuclear plants.
- Nuclear energy’s carbon-free attribute may not be attractive enough for cities and companies without coming up with a federal answer to store spent fuel: “solving the long-term waste challenge will likely be important to win support for nuclear power from cities and businesses.”