During his speech at the National Press Club on Wednesday, February 19, Energy Secretary Moniz made a comment about fuel resiliency that is worthy of discussion, especially as it might provide another opportunity for nuclear energy advocates to make the case for the importance of continuing to operate, develop and deploy our technology.
Dr. Moniz introduced the topic of “fuel resiliency” as part of his response to a question about why the US needs a federal energy policy, given that the market seems to be doing a pretty good job making choices that are beneficial to consumers.
Take the subject of the quadrennial energy review. Infrastructure, clearly, ultimately is in the private sector’s hands. But we have tremendous public interest and public needs for this. So, for example, we will be carrying out, at the department as part of this review, a whole set of fuel resiliency studies that are regional in nature. The fuel challenges that we have seen are very different in different parts of the country.
What will that lead to in terms of policy? Will it require some government sponsored installations? Will it require some suggestions of legislation? Will it require our working with the states in terms of their regulatory structures to encourage that we are moving coherently towards the kind of energy infrastructure that will move electricity and that will move fuels to people when they need them under normal conditions and when they need them under abnormal conditions?
This notion of moving electricity and fuel to people when they need it is another way of discussing the notions of grid stability and reliability that were a big part of NEI CEO Marv Fertel’s recent brief to Wall Street.
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