Among the most critical entities driving the future of U.S. nuclear is the Department of Energy, and specifically Idaho National Lab and its Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN). To dive into the compelling and important work being done to deploy new nuclear technologies this decade and beyond, GAIN's Director, Christine King, joined the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast. In providing an overview of the nuclear sector today and the immense role it will play via advanced nuclear technology in the future, Christine provided key perspective in an area of the utility sector that's seen renewed focus in recent months.
While nuclear energy has been a mainstay of U.S. and global power grids for many decades, recent months have seen a renewed focus on the importance of this dispatchable and carbon-free power source. Rising and volatile fossil fuel prices, variable renewable energy sources, and the urgent prioritization to decarbonize the energy sector have all left nuclear energy as a critical and unreplaceable source for the sector. As Christine noted in this episode:
"With the recent events in Ukraine, I think energy security and independence are something that we all have come to appreciate at a different level. I think nuclear has unique characteristics that support energy security and energy independence. Now, setting aside the recent events, as I look at the energy transition in the next five to ten years, there's a lot to build. I'm a hundred percent supportive of building out the wind and solar in the places where we can maximize the use of that technology, but as we decarbonize, I really think we have to be mindful of the infrastructure that's present. There are not many things that take longer than a nuclear plant to build, but a transmission connection is one of those. Are we bringing that into our calculation as we look at our energy system going forward? To me, there is work that should be done in repurposing the existing sites or soon-to-be-retired sites that allow us to preserve infrastructure as well and reduce the build that needs to come over the next 20 to 30 years."
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Episode #93: 'The Invaluable Role Of Advanced Nuclear Today And Tomorrow' With Christine King Of GAIN [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]
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