March 15: Jessica Lovering Speaking at Climate One
Event Date: March 15 2016
- David Baker, Energy Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
- Jessica Lovering, Director of Energy, Breakthrough Institute
- Jose Reyes, Chief Technology Officer, NuScale Power
- Ray Rothrock, Partner Emeritus, Venrock
With many of America’s first nuclear power plants nearing the end of their expected lifespan, should they be shut down or given a new lease on life? In recent years the licenses have been extended on many nuclear plants while a few have shut down. There is a lively debate over whether California should shutter the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. If it does close, would its electricity be replaced by clean fuels, fossil fuels or perhaps new nuclear?
A new generation of nuclear entrepreneurs are striving to write a new atomic chapter. Startups in the Bay Area and elsewhere aim to address the three vulnerabilities of nuclear power—high costs, radioactive waste and nuclear proliferation. One concept getting a lot of attention is small nuclear reactors that would be manufactured like other industrial equipment rather than custom built. UPower aims to build nuclear batteries about the size of a cargo container for use in remote locations. Can these young companies bring innovation to an industry known more for cost overruns and lumbering giants? Are investors crazy for betting against the power and falling costs of the sun?
Join us for a two-part conversation about the present and future of atomic power in a hot and crowded world.