22 June 2022
A low-carbon future – anchored by the strength and resilience of the current nuclear fleet – is within our grasp if we make the right choices today, Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) President and CEO Maria Korsnick said in her annual State of the Industry address to the US organisation’s Nuclear Energy Assembly in Washington DC.
Korsnick’s address was livestreamed from the Nuclear Energy Assembly.
Korsnick presented the US nuclear industry’s policy priorities, provided perspective on the future of nuclear, and discussed how the industry is critical to advancing climate goals, workforce, energy markets, and global partnerships.
The climate crisis is no longer a “vague, theoretical discussion”, and leaders in the USA and elsewhere have now recognised that the response to that climate crisis is intrinsically tied to the electrical grid, the economy and energy security, she said, with strong corporate commitments and policy goals now in place to reduce carbon emissions using every clean energy source at our disposal. But achieving “true, deep decarbonisation” will require more than “tinkering round the edges”.
Over the past year, she said, she had observed a “sea change” in perceptions of nuclear energy, which has steadily gained recognition as a tool to drive down emissions with bipartisan political support at all levels of the US political system. Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, USD6 billion has been allocated to…