Energy Systems Engineering Fall Seminar Series: "What is a Sustainable Electric Power Portfolio?"

Monday, October 11 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Virtual Event

Register today for the next installment of Energy Systems Engineering Fall 2021 Seminar Series.
This seminar is available only online via Zoom.
Presented by:  Revis James

Consultant & former VP of Policy Planning & Development at Nuclear Energy Institute


TIME: 12:00 PM EDT
LOCATION - ZOOM MEETING link to be sent prior to the seminar date

ABSTRACT:  Electric power generation in the United States consists of a diverse portfolio of technologies driven by many factors. These drivers encompass cost, environmental and public health impacts, and increased needs for availability and reliability. The stakeholders who shape the electric power generation portfolio are also diverse: power companies, customers, policymakers at multiple levels, regulators, market operators, investors, and insurance companies. While drivers and stakeholder needs have been studied individually in depth, what is comparatively lacking is a robust, holistic framework for understanding what constitutes a sustainable electric power generation portfolio. “Sustainability” entails achieving cost-effective production of electricity, meeting environmental and public health goals, while deploying a generation portfolio that is energetically efficient, highly reliable, available, and flexible. Considering the essential role of electricity, this sustainability must be met indefinitely. Frequently, the disparate criteria constituting sustainability result in conflicting priorities. Therefore, a holistic framework for assessing sustainability of the power generation portfolio is critical to identifying research and technology development priorities that will balance and resolve these conflicts. Such a framework would also be invaluable to policymakers in making the value judgments inherent in developing legislation and policies

BIO:  Revis James was Vice-President of Policy Planning and Development at the Nuclear Energy Institute, responsible for development of policy positions affecting nuclear power. This scope included electricity market issues; used nuclear fuel; development of advanced nuclear power technologies; as well as financing and tax issues. James was responsible for managing NEI's relationships with key external stakeholder organizations and the financial community. James formerly spent 23 years at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) leading development of research strategy and several technology research programs. As Director of the Energy Technology Assessment Center, James focused on strategic R&D priorities for the electric power industry. Prior to that, he led EPRI’s long-term technology innovation program for several years. James also directed research programs for coal and gas generation, instrumentation and controls, human performance, and maintenance program optimization. James spent 2½ years in Paris, France leading a joint strategic research and development program between EPRI and Electricité de France. James previously worked at Bechtel Power Corporation, ERIN Engineering & Research, and Impell Corporation. James earned Bachelor of Science degrees in nuclear engineering, and electrical engineering and computer sciences, as well as a Master of Science degree in nuclear engineering, all from the University of California, Berkeley.

If interested, please attend the presentation on Monday,  October 11th at 12:00pm EDT

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Prospective Students, Undergrad Students, Graduate Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni


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