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Granholm NRC Conference Remarks: Nuclear Energy Addresses a Need “as Clear as Day”

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Eric Gould • March 15, 2022

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm was a special guest speaker for this year’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission Regulatory Information Conference (RIC), held virtually last week. Her remarks were especially timely now, in light of the urgent need to move toward greater energy independence and non-carbon solutions to meet Net Zero by 2050.

Granholm spoke to how the nuclear industry provides hope in light of Russia’s attack on Ukraine, which spotlights the “need to diversify the world’s energy sources as clear as day.”

“We can’t remain over-reliant on volatile fossil fuel markets that an autocrat can wield as a geopolitical weapon,” she said.

Granholm also reminded attendees that the “clock keeps ticking” on the need to get emissions under control. She said that the Biden administration is pursuing an ambitious agenda with nuclear energy as a key component. She discussed the numerous nuclear projects currently underway, saying that the aim of the Department of Energy is to deploy new nuclear technologies “this decade,” with these projects serving as templates for further new nuclear development.

To help make this happen, Granholm asked the assembled industry leaders to do the following:

(1) innovating and modernizing nuclear regulations

(2) speaking up to promote the benefits of nuclear

(3) investing in the next era of nuclear leaders, while supporting diversity

This year’s RIC dealt with each of these topics very directly. I will address the key elements I heard over the course of the three-day conference with a series of upcoming posts.