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Too Cheap to Meter: An Insider’s View on Ways to Make Nuclear More Affordable

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Despite early promises that nuclear power would be “too cheap to meter”, that vision has never been realized. But some of the key drivers of cost pressure are not always obvious. This topic will be facilitated by Mr. Alan Smith, who is currently a director of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO). In his 25+ years working in the commercial nuclear industry, Alan has held line management positions at multiple commercial nuclear stations, has visited almost 100 more different nuclear stations in over 20 different countries, and is currently responsible for WANO ’s oversight of 470+ nuclear stations around to globe. The focus of discussion will about what it really takes to keep a commercial nuclear operation in business, and to discuss some of the less obvious costs that end up playing a big role on the balance sheet. DO NOT come expecting a lot of Excel spreadsheets with cost data or financial analysis. Instead, the goal is for attendees to be able to participate in interactive discussion with someone who has spent decades on “the front lines”, and leave the lecture with some clearer thinking about the type of thing they might want to focus on for additional study or research

This talk is part of the Engineering Department Nuclear Energy Seminars series.

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