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Columbia Energy Tech Revolution Forum — Advanced Nuclear: Finally Achieving Critical Mass

Past Event

March 1, 2022

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm utc

The Center on Global Energy Policy presents the Columbia Energy Technology Revolution Forum, a webinar series hosted by Paul Dabbar, CGEP Distinguished Visiting Fellow and former Under Secretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy. The series focuses on frank, practical, scientific and technological discussions on the prospects of new technologies in the energy world. Each session brings together experts to focus on a different energy technology. This session was co-hosted by Dr. Matt Bowen, CGEP Research Scholar.

Energy technologies in the last twenty years have advanced significantly, and much of what is currently being deployed, including now-prevalent technologies such as solar, wind, batteries, and advanced drilling, was not commercially available in the not-so-distant past. In the last 10-15 years, public and private R&D has significantly advanced a long list of new technologies that are now competitive without government incentives.

Much of the current dialogue from energy policy makers focuses on existing technologies; this forum instead addresses what is next in new and emerging technologies. The forum helps inform the audience of the state of various technologies, their prospects to make further contributions to the energy mix, and how these technologies should be further invested in, from basic discovery through deployment.

This discussion focused on the state of advanced nuclear development and policies that have been helpful to getting the sector to today’s position. The panel also discussed what additional policies, both in the U.S. and internationally, are important to continue the momentum for its prospects.


  • Maria Korsnick, President and CEO, Nuclear Energy Institute
  • The Honorable Dr. Rita Baranwal, CTO, Westinghouse Electric Company
  • Chris Levesque, President and CEO, TerraPower
  • Dr. Mike Laufer, Co-founder and CEO, Kairos Power