ADVANCE AGENDA 

All Times are EDT

Tuesday, March 23 - Plenary

 

10:00 am

I.  WELCOME

 

The Honorable Bud Albright

President & CEO

U.S. Nuclear Industry Council

 

10:05 am

II.  View from the NRC

The Honorable Chris Hanson 

Chairman

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

 

10:30 am

III.  SETTING THE STAGE

 

The Honorable Jeff Merrifield (Summit Chair)

Partner and Energy Section Leader, Pillsbury Law Firm

Chairman, USNIC Advanced Nuclear Working Group

 

10:40 am

IV.  STAGE SETTERS – DOE ADVANCED REACTOR DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM

Two Advanced Reactors will be demonstrated under this U.S. Department of Energy Program.  These demos provide a stepping stone to more widespread commercial deployment of Advanced reactors. Panelists will describe the challenges in getting regulatory approval and completing these demonstrations -- and in getting utilities to commit to multiple deployments of these technologies assuming the demos are successful.

 

Mr. Brad Sawatzke 

Chief Executive Officer

Energy Northwest

 

Mr. Chris Levesque 

Chief Executive Officer

TerraPower

 

The Honorable Clay Sell 

Chief Executive Officer

X-energy

 

12:00 pm

LUNCH BREAK

 

1:30 pm

V.  Driving Certainty of Outcomes for SMR Deployments

 

Mr. Jay Wileman 

President and CEO

GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy

 

1:45 pm

VI. KEYNOTE ARGONNE NATIONAL LABS

The lab director will highlight the role of Argonne National Lab, working with reactors developers and potential users, to solve key technical issues and getting Advanced Reactors deployed in power and industrial applications.

 

Dr. Paul K. Kearns 

Director

Argonne National Laboratory

 

2:05 pm

VII.  PANEL: ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY

Are Integrated Systems the future for Advanced Nuclear?  How is technology changing the way we value nuclear in a world dominated by intermittent renewables? Join our panel experts for a discussion of the emerging role for integrated nuclear systems in light of energy storage advances, future load following/smart grids, and co-generation economics.

 

Mr. Paul Dickman (Moderator) 

Senior Policy Fellow

Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. Hussein Khalil 

Director Nuclear Energy and Security Program

Argonne National Laboratory

Ms. Marilyn Kray 

Vice President – Nuclear Strategy

Exelon Corporation

Dr. David Hill 

Board of Directors

Terrestrial Energy USA

Ms. Tara Neider 

Senior Vice President – Fuels and Project Development

TerraPower

 

3:15 PM

VIII. Trailblazer Presentation

 

Mr. Donald Wolf

Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer

Advanced Reactor Concepts, LLC

 

3:30 pm

ADJOURN DAY ONE

 

Wednesday, March 24 - Plenary

 

10:00 am

VIX.  WELCOME & DAY ONE RECAP

 

The Honorable Bud Albright

President & CEO

U.S. Nuclear Industry Council

 

10:05 am

X.  PERSPECTIVE FROM CAPITOL HILL

How bipartisan support for nuclear can maintain momentum of developing and deploying Advanced Nuclear reactors to address clean energy needs of the U.S. and our allies.

 

Senator John Barasso (R-WY) 

 

10:40 am

XI.  SETTING THE AGENDA FOR NATIONAL LABORATORY EXCELLENCE

Battelle Energy Alliance Executive Vice President of Global Laboratory Operations will highlight the role of the National Labs, based in their multi-decade experience developing advanced reactors, to actively work with reactors developers and potential users at our National Laboratories and in other parts of the U.S. to enable Advanced Reactors deployment in power and industrial applications.

 

Dr. Mark Peters 

Executive Vice President

Global Laboratory Operations

Battelle Energy Alliance

 

11:00 am

XII.  CLEAN, GREEN NUCLEAR HYDROGEN MACHINES

 

Dr. Corey McDaniel (Moderator) 

Chief Commercial Officer

Idaho National Laboratory

 

Dr. Jose Reyes 

Chief Technology Officer

NuScale Power

 

Dr. Ashley Finan 

Director

National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC)

 

Ms. Christine King 

Director

Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN)

 

Mr. Justin Sink 

Innovation and Business Development Advisor

ExxonMobil

 

Mr. Venhat Venkataraman 

CTO & Executive VP Engineering

Bloom Energy

 

12:00 pm

LUNCH BREAK

 

1:00 pm

XIII. CUSTOMER AND FINANCE PANEL

Success for Advanced Nuclear Reactors is measured in deployment in utility and/or industrial settings. This panel addresses how they are thinking about how to incorporate advanced reactors in their future fleet as well as the key signals that the financial community is looking for to spur investment in these innovative technologies.    

 

The Honorable Jeffrey S. Merrifield (Moderator) 

Partner and Energy Section Leader

Pillsbury Law Firm

 

Mr. Jeff Lyash 

CEO

Tennessee Valley Authority

 

Mr. Tim O’Connor 

Executive Vice President & Chief Generation Officer

Xcel Energy

 

Mr. James Schaefer 

Senior Managing Director

Guggenheim Partners

 

Mr. Simon Forster 

CEO

Shearwater Energy

 

2:00 pm

XIV. NRC COMBINED LICENSE APPLICATION – LESSONS LEARNED 

 

Dr. Jacob DeWitte

CEO and Co-Founder

Oklo Inc.

 

2:20 pm

XV. PANEL: UPDATE ON MICRO AND SPACE NUCLEAR DEPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

Dr. Ron Faibish (Moderator) 

Senior Director of Strategic Development

Nuclear Technologies and Materials

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems

 

Mr. Joseph Miller 

President

BWXT Advanced Technologies

 

Mr. Muhannad (Mike) Shaqqo

Senior Vice-President, Advanced Reactor Programs

Westinghouse Electric Company

 

Ms. Wendy Simon-Pearson 

General Counsel

Ultra-Safe Nuclear Corporation

 

3:15 PM

XVI. State Economic Regulator Perspective

 

The Honorable Tim Echols (Confirmed)

Commissioner

Georgia Public Utilities Commission

 

3:30 pm

ADJOURN DAY TWO PLENARY

 

 

 

Thursday, March 25 - Plenary

 

10:00 am

XVII.  WELCOME & DAY TWO RECAP

 

The Honorable Bud Albright

President & CEO

U.S. Nuclear Industry Council

 

10:05 am

XVIII.  INTERNATIONAL ARENA KEYNOTE  

The President of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Will Discuss the CNSC’s Preparations for Canada’s Future Advanced Reactor Deployments as Well as Prospects for North American Regulatory Collaboration.

 

Ms. Rumina Velshi 

President & CEO

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

 

10:30 am

XIX.  CANADIAN DEPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Because Canada offers a near-term opportunity for demonstration and deployment of Advanced Reactors, we hear from key leaders in two (three) Canadian utility companies with the potential for widespread deployment of nuclear. They will discuss near-term challenges and long-term opportunities of nuclear in a clean energy economy.

 

Mr. Ken Hartwick 

Chief Executive Officer

Ontario Power Generation

 

Mr. Keith Cronkhite 

President and CEO

Energie NB Power

 

Mr. Mike Marsh 

Chief Executive Officer

SaskPower

 

11:30 am

XX.  UPDATE ON OAK RIDGE ADVANCED NUCLEAR AND FUSION ACTIVITIES

The associate lab director responsible for all fission and fusion initiatives will highlight the role of Oak Ridge National Lab, working with reactors developers and potential users to solve key technical issues and getting Advanced Reactors deployed in power and industrial applications, and the prospects for fusion energy in the US and Internationally.

 

Dr. Kathryn A. McCarthy

Associate Lab Director

Fusion and Fission Energy and Science Directorate

Oak Ridge National Laboratories

 

12:00 pm

LUNCH BREAK

 

1:00 pm

XXI. OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LAB PANEL

 

Dr. Kathryn A. McCarthy (Moderator)

Associate Lab Director

Fusion and Fission Energy and Science Directorate

Oak Ridge National Laboratories

 

The Honorable Rita Baranwal 

Chief Nuclear Officer

Electric Power Research Institute

 

Mr. Dan Stout 

Director of Nuclear Technology

Tennessee Valley Authority

 

Dr. Per Peterson 

Chief Nuclear Officer

Kairos Power

 

Mr. Chris Mowry 

Chief Executive Officer

General Fusion

 

Dr. David Pointer

Section Head, Advanced Reactor Engineering and Development

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

 

2:00 pm

XXII. HOW THE NUCLEAR FUEL SUPPLIER COMMUNITY IS WORKING TO MEET THE CHALLENGE OF PROVIDING FUEL FOR THE FUTURE ADVANCED REACTOR FLEET

The recent update to the Department of Energy Vision for clean energy and economic opportunities noted the goal to develop advanced nuclear fuel cycles.  The objective includes addressing gaps in the domestic nuclear fuel supply chain.  Operating reactors would benefit from the value of higher enriched fuel (High Assay Low Enriched Uranium) and many of the emerging advanced reactor designs will require enrichments as his as 19.75% U235.   A July 2020 letter to the Secretary of Energy noted that demand could be >2 metric tons of uranium (MTU) as early as this year with a need as high as >500 MTU per year in 10 years.  This panel brings together both suppliers and developers to highlight the progress to date and to provide us insight into the steps underway to supply higher enriched fuel in its various forms.

 

Mr. Jeff Whitt (Moderator)

Director of Government Services

Framatome

 

Mr. Kirk Schnoebelen 

President and CEO

Urenco Inc.

 

Hon. Daniel B. Poneman 

President and CEO

Centrus Energy

 

Mr. Thomas Owens 

Chief Executive Officer

Global Laser Enrichment

 

Dr. Pete Pappano 

Vice President

X-energy

 

Mr. Scott Nagley 

Vice President – Nuclear Operations Group

BWX Technologies

 

3:15 pm

CLOSING CHARGE

The Honorable Jeff Merrifield (Summit Chair)

Partner and Energy Section Leader, Pillsbury Law Firm

Chairman, USNIC Advanced Nuclear Working Group

The Honorable Bud Albright

President & CEO

U.S. Nuclear Industry Council

 

3:25 pm

ADJOURN DAY THREE PLENARY

The Advanced Reactors Summit VIII

& Technology Trailblazers Showcase

 

March 23-25, 2021 | Virtual Summit

 
 

Technology and Innovation in Advanced Nuclear

Under the auspices of

 
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