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?
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.
September 26, 2017 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM
Saieh Hall, Room 146