In about 10 days, I’ll be arriving in Charlotte, NC for the 5th Annual Nuclear Energy Insider SMR Summit. the planned agenda indicates that there are people who are moving beyond talk and presentations.
Participants are clearly preparing to discuss and create initial action plans addressing difficult challenges associated with establishing a new industry that intends to grab a share of what is arguably one of the world’s largest and most fundamental industries – supplying reliable, on demand power.
Before smaller nuclear reactors can achieve commercial viability — even though there is already 60 years worth of experience proving that they can technically do the job of producing reliable, ultra-low emission power — there are numerous regulatory and economic hurdles that slow or prohibit the kinds of investments required.
Investors need more predictability for both costs and schedules. They need to understand what the regulations allow now, what changes have a reasonable expectation of implementation, and what regulations prohibit. Knowing the boundaries of a problem is an important first step in designing a workable solution that might later provide the basis for expanding the boundaries.
Even though I’ve accused the current Administration of failing to back its talk about SMRs with significant budget requests, when it comes to its support for SMR development, there will be opportunities to highlight the important, cost-free actions that the government can take to remove obstacles that do nothing to protect the public and everything to simply slow the development and deployment of valuable, non-carbon producing, nuclear energy facilities.
I’ll be there to continue reminding SMR proponents that their primary competitors sell equipment that burns coal, oil and natural gas, which means they are backed by the interests that have a financial stake in selling or moving those fuels.
Events like the 5th Annual SMR Summit can enable the vital discussions that can occur when leading thinkers, designers, and regulators engage in honest, intense debate.
Key attendees include:
- Senior VP’s & CEO’s from Mitsubishi, Exelon, KEPCO, CNNC, Curtis Wright, B&W, Areva and more
- Senior Project Managers & Directors from Ameren, PSEG, Fortum, EDF, Fitch Ratings, KPMG, DAEWOO, Northrop Grumman, UK NNL and many more
The event organizers will, for the first time, host a series of down-to earth panels and workshops that will allow the world’s nuclear decision makers to push forward their proposals for greater industry co-operation on the core challenges and provide the opportunity for commercial success for all.
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