On this week's episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast, the conversation centers on how to make inclusion and equity in a community's populations well-represented in the decisions made by the local power utility. Specifically, New Brunswick Power in Canada is working hard to bring small modular reactors and other nuclear technologies to the region, but has sought to do so in a process been built on a foundation of engaging and consulting with the Curve Lake Nation that calls the region home. Claire Harris, Senior Advisor of the Advanced Reactor Technology Team at NB Power, and Chief Emily Whetung of the Curve Lake Nation discuss specific examples of why such inclusion has been critical to them and how it can be achieved seamlessly and successfully.
As the utility sector continues to work towards meeting future goals and needs, an equally important consideration remains looking back on the impact that the power industry has had on communities and land and ensuring that any injustices or inequities that have resulted can be addressed. Specifically, lands that have been returned to indigenous populations and communities must be protected as new energy infrastructure grows, and including those peoples in the conversation early in the process is a key aspect in doing so. In this episode, Chief Emily discusses the journey she and her community went on regarding these technologies and how they came to play a role in the process for NB Power:
"Many of our communities want to see an end to nuclear development because of the waste and the spent fuel that comes out of reactors and that it lasts for such an immense amount of time. The issue isn't necessarily with the power generation side of it. And when I started learning about new nuclear processes, I at first was skeptical, but the more that I learned about the environmental concerns, about wind and solar, the fact that they are insufficient alone to provide a stable base load, the more and more I became open to considering the benefits of nuclear power. I learned in particular about the recycled fuel process that New Brunswick is exploring. I became very enthusiastic about learning more about nuclear energy, and that's how I got involved with Claire, was this idea that there's an opportunity to use more of the energy coming out of the 12 reactors already in our territory, and reducing, not necessarily the volume, but the longevity of the waste."
This entry into the podcasts, like all of the series episodes, can be found on all major podcast outlets, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and YouTube, or it can be listened to directly on the Energy Central platform (where we also feature a written transcription if you'd prefer to read). Give it a listen and share your reaction in the comments.
Episode #109: 'Intentional Inclusion for a Cleaner Energy Future' with Claire Harris of NB Power and Chief Emily Whetung of Curve Lake Nation [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]
About Energy Central Podcast Series:
The 'Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast' Series features conversations with thought leaders in the utility sector. At least twice monthly, we'll connect with a Power Industry Leader to discuss compelling topics that impact utility professionals. Some podcasts may be a continuation of thought-provoking posts or discussions started in the community by an Energy Central Community Member. Others may be with an industry leader interested in sharing their expertise and doing a deeper dive into hot topics or issues relevant to the industry.
If you want to be a guest on a future episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast, let us know! We'll be pulling guests from our community members who submit engaging content that gets our community talking, and perhaps that next guest will be you! Likewise, if you see an article submitted by a fellow Energy Central community member that you'd like to hear about in more detail, feel free to send us a note to nominate them. To contact us, email email@example.com. Podcast interviews are free for Expert Members and professionals who work for a utility. We have package offers available for solution providers and vendors.
About Energy Central:
Energy Central is a community platform for electric power industry professionals to share, learn and connect in a collaborative environment. Supported by leading industry organizations, our mission is to help industry professionals connect and advance knowledge sharing for the benefit of the industry. We help the industry work better. Join the Energy Central Community today and be part of a growing community of over 200,000 registered members.
If you are interested in Energy Central Event Marketing packages, you can contact us at email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can access our media guide for more information.