TH43 Economics of Nuclear Power and Impacts on the Future of the NRC

Many factors contribute to the economics of nuclear power in the United States, including capital costs, operating costs, regulated vs. wholesale markets, State policies, and the costs of alternate power sources such as natural gas. This session brings together experts in various areas related to nuclear power economics to help attendees understand the driving forces that will dictate the future of nuclear power. Will large operating light-water reactors continue the trend of premature retirements? Will advanced nuclear power technologies be able to navigate these hurdles? All of these impact the future of the NRC.
  • Introductory Remarks
    Raymond Furstenau, Office Director, RES/NRC
  • De-carbonization Options and the Impact on US Nuclear
    CJ Fong, Deputy Head of Division for Regulation, Nuclear Energy Agency
  • Xcel Nuclear Reinvent and Repurpose for the Future
    Timothy O'Connor, Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer, Exel Energy
  • Insights into Nuclear Power Plant Economics from the MIT Study on Future of Nuclear Energy
    David Petti, Executive Director for MIT Study on Future of Nuclear Energy, Retired Idaho National Laboratory
  • 2 Tips for Navigating the Economics of Nuclear Power
    John Parsons, Senior Lecturer, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Jonathan Barr, Senior Reactor Systems Engineer, Accident Analysis Branch, Division of Systems Analysis, RES/NRC tel: 301-415-1089, e-mail:

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