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The Future of Nuclear Energy: Featuring John Deutch

  • Saieh Hall for Economics 5757 South University Avenue Chicago, IL, 60637 United States (map)

The Future of Nuclear Energy: Featuring John Deutch

Nuclear power accounts for 20 percent of U.S. electricity generation—and 60 percent of all carbon-free power generated in America. It is also the only form of carbon-free baseload power available in the United States or globally at scale. Given these advantages, many look to nuclear as a key component of any strategy to tackle climate change. Yet, in spite of its promise, nuclear currently faces numerous headwinds. A recent U.S. Department of Energy Advisory Board report led by John Deutch found that a comprehensive nuclear program in the U.S. would take “time, significant public resources, restructured electricity markets, and sustained and skilled management attention.” Are subsidies needed and sufficient for the industry’s long-term survival? What other changes must be made? What is the outlook for states like New York and California that have pursued their own policy choices?

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This event is part of a series the University of Chicago is hosting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. The Nuclear Reactions—1942: A Historic Breakthrough, an Uncertain Future event series will use the 1942 experiment and its historical context as a basis for insights into the future of energy, national security, and efforts to bring about a more peaceful world.

Learn more at: nuclearreactions.uchicago.edu  #Nuclear75

Event Date: 

September 26, 2017 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM

Location

Saieh Hall, Room 146 

Featuring

John Deutch