On 9 March 2006, Unistar Nuclear – a joint venture that includes Constellation Energy and Areva – issued a press release announcing the formation of an advisory board that will assist the company in its efforts to build and deploy a fleet of new nuclear power plants in the United States. Here is how Michael Wallace, one of Unistar’s co-CEO’s describes the board:
“We selected advisory board members who will provide us with technical expertise, business leadership and political acumen,” said Wallace, who also serves as president, Constellation Generation Group and executive vice president, Constellation Energy. “As we seek to develop new nuclear plants, the advice of these board members will provide critical guidance to this effort. Today’s announcement is yet another sign of the continuing momentum of the UniStar Nuclear joint venture.”
Based on the membership list provided in the press release, it is difficult to argue with Mr. Wallace about the nature of the members. The board includes two former NRC commissioners, a leading nuclear engineering professor from MIT, a retired Air Force general with vast experience in both high technology development projects and national security, and a leader of a trade association with experience in energy, law, and politics. The group definitely qualifies as a bunch of heavy hitters who have large networks of contacts in addition to deep professional knowledge.
I have mentioned Unistar in a previous post; it is nice to continue hearing about their steady progress toward an important goal.