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Reactor Costs and Decarbonization Efforts

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March 4, 2024

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm est

New nuclear reactors could be a valuable tool for reducing carbon emissions in the United States, but high costs and cost overruns – in both recent years and past decades – loom over the sector’s future. 

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia SIPA for a session featuring opening remarks by Jeff Lyash, CEO of Tennessee Valley Authority.  Mr. Lyash will share his insights on the potential deployment of small modular reactors and their integration into decarbonization strategies. Following his remarks, a panel of experts will delve into various topics, including the role of nuclear energy in decarbonization modeling, past cost overruns experienced in US reactor projects (including the AP1000 endeavors), and prospective strategies to achieve more cost-effective outcomes in the future.


  • Matt Bowen, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia SIPA


  • Shannon Bragg-Sitton, Director, Integrated Energy and Storage Systems, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Jacopo Buongiorno, Director, Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Karl Hausker, Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute
  • Julie Kozeracki, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy Loan Programs Office

This webinar will be hosted via Zoom. Advance registration is required. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with access details. The event will be recorded and the video recording will be added to our website following the event.

This event is open to the press, and registration is required to attend. For media inquiries or requests for interviews, please contact CGEP Communications ([email protected]).

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