NARUC partners with DOE to explore nuclear power issues

March 9, 2021, 3:01PMNuclear News

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) has launched a five-year nuclear energy partnership with the Department of Energy. Announced on March 8, the partnership is aimed at providing opportunities for state public service commissioners and their staffs to “better understand barriers and possibilities related to the U.S. nuclear fleet.”

Partnership members will engage in activities such as stakeholder dialogues, peer-sharing calls, site visits, educational webinars, and briefing papers, according to NARUC.

Support for the project is furnished by the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy through the NARUC Center for Partnerships and Innovation. A kickoff meeting is scheduled for later this month.

The members: Anthony O’Donnell, of the Maryland Public Service Commission, and Tim Echols, of the Georgia Public Service Commission, will cochair the partnership, which will initially include commissioners and staff representing 18 states and U.S. territories.

Other state commissions involved include the Arkansas Public Service Commission, the Illinois Commerce Commission, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, the Louisiana Public Service Commission, the Michigan Public Service Commission, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the Mississippi Public Service Commission, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the North Carolina Utilities Commission, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, the U.S. Virgin Islands Public Services Commission, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, and the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.

Testimonials: “The Office of Nuclear Energy aims to advance nuclear power as a resource capable of meeting the nation’s energy, environmental, and national security needs by resolving technical, cost, safety, proliferation resistance, and security barriers through research, development, and demonstration,” said the DOE’s acting assistant secretary for nuclear energy, Dennis Miotla. “This partnership with NARUC elevates the experience and needs of state energy regulators, helping the office achieve its mission.”

NARUC Executive Director Greg White added his own imprimatur, saying, “This partnership is important to providing unbiased resources, not only for the 28 states with an existing nuclear plant, but also for states that are interested in exploring the deployment of new, advanced nuclear technologies.”

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