Register today for the fourth installment of the semester of Energy Systems Engineering Spring 2023 Seminar Series: The Janak Raj Lectures.
Presented by:  Revis James, Consultant, former VP of Policy Planning & Development at Nuclear Energy Institute


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

ABSTRACT: The energy investment provisions of the Infrastructure and Jobs Act of 2021 signal renewed policymaker focus on energy.  Though not the sole element, a major element of the energy infrastructure is the electric power system.   As continued demand for energy inexorably grows, additional constraints imposed by a desire to manage greenhouse gas emissions and to increase resilience of energy systems have emerged. Electric power in the United States is a complex network of generation and delivery assets owned, managed, and regulated by a wide range of stakeholders. This system is shaped by diverse drivers encompassing cost control, environmental and public health impacts, and increased needs for availability and reliability. The stakeholders managing the electric power system are also diverse: power companies, customers, policymakers at multiple levels, regulators, market operators, investors, and insurance companies. Consequently, the connection between electricity system technologies and public policy is complex.  Yet it is vital that both leaders in the technical and policymaking communities understand this connection fully.  This seminar will address the scope of this connection and provide insights on the technical community’s role in ensuring a sustainable technology future for the electricity system that meets diverse policy goals.

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.

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