This morning I published my first post as a contributor to Forbes.com. It’s titled Addressing Economic Challenges Facing Nuclear Power Plants.
The post is a quick summary of the DOE GAIN program summit titled Improving the Economics of America’s Nuclear Power Plants held yesterday.
The new venue on Forbes will provide an increased reach into audiences that have not yet found Atomic Insights. I have no intention of slacking off here; the knowledge I develop through interactions with Atomic Insights readers is invaluable.
Even at a time when far too many operating reactors are being shut down without any prospect of being replaced by new nuclear units, there is progress being made. Many more people are realizing that it is okay to come out as a pro-nuclear thinker, activist or politician.
No longer is a pro-nuclear position the “third rail of politics.” Supporting voices are overcoming the false notion that is often expressed as “I support nuclear, but my neighbors don’t.” Doing so gives political leaders the safe space to voice what they probably already think about the value of nuclear generated electricity.
There is a major need to alter the prevailing narrative that nuclear plant construction is inevitably expensive. There is an even more immediate need to head off the newly developing narrative that operating nuclear plants is inevitably more expensive than competitive generating options.
There are actions that can be taken to correct both challenges. Some of those actions is as simple as calling or writing your Congressman and Senators to tell them that you want to see more support for nuclear energy.
Some actions are already underway, but there is a lot of work — translated, good, creative jobs — remaining. In my opinion, the evolutionary effort to keep increasing performance, reducing inefficiencies and exorcising busy work will never be complete.
As a writer, I’m not involved in the daily grind of turning ideas into actions, but, with your help, I can continue to identify potential work reduction efforts that other might be reluctant to voice. Being able to share those ideas on a larger stage might make them slightly more effective.
It’s probably redundant to say this, but please follow me on Forbes.com and join in the discussions that I hope to stimulate there.