ABSTRACT Nuclear energy supplies about 20% of U.S. electricity and about 11% of global electricity demand. While four plants are under construction in the U.S., over the past month the shutdown of two generating plants was announced and other operating plants have also been identified to be at risk of premature closure. Globally, 65 plants are under construction and 165 more are in advanced planning and licensing. The U.S. is moving forward with an aggressive program, “The Clean Power Plan” to reduce 2012 level of CO2 by 23% by 2030. Electricity demand growth in the U.S. is very small, or flat. How all of the factors mentioned above plus others (e.g., work force retirements, interest in SMRs and Gen IV reactors) will influence the future role of nuclear energy and the opportunities that it will provide for men and women interested in pursuing careers in this field will be the subject of this discussion.
BIO Marv Fertel is president and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) which is the policy organization for the U.S. nuclear industry and represents the industry in addressing generic technical regulatory issues before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; as well as policy and legislative activities with the Congress and the Executive Branch. NEI has about 350 corporate members in 19 countries.
Mr. Fertel has over 45 years of experience working with the electric utility industry on issues related to designing, siting, licensing and managing both fossil and nuclear plants.
He has worked in executive positions with such organizations as Ebasco and Management Analysis Company. In November 1990, he joined the U.S. Council for Energy Awareness as vice president of Technical Programs. With the formation of NEI in 1994, he became NEI’s vice president of Nuclear Economics and Fuel Supply.
Mr. Fertel was named senior vice president and chief nuclear officer in 2003 and in 2009 he was named President and Chief Executive Officer of NEI.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Energy Workforce Development, the United States Energy Association, the Foundation for Nuclear Studies and the National Energy Foundation.
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