Power industry and regulators join to promote America’s nuclear future

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Nuclear future powered by networking between perceived adversaries

State and Federal officials will join with industry heavyweights to influence the public of the vital need (and proposed need for a growing share) of nuclear energy in the United States.  The EnergyBiz event is being hosted by Energy Central, an online energy services website, dedicated to promoting the electric power industry.  EnergyBiz events are typically dominated by people closely tied with the industry or regulatory and promotional agencies, and allow attendees to rub elbows with high-profile senior management executives from several energy industry leaders, whose organizations have been known to pay up to $75,000 in sponsorship fees for special events.

The September 20th web event will feature US Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner William Ostendorff, Sarah Hofmann, Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Public Service Department, and other executives from prominent nuclear corporations.

The Public Service Department is the advocacy arm of Vermont’s Administration, and Sarah Hofmann serves as the ratepayer advocate for utility matters in energy, telecommunications, and water, and is also the lead for the state’s energy policy.  The Department of Public Service represents the public interest in utility cases before the Public Service Board, federal regulatory agencies, and state and federal courts.  In 2011, Hofmann advocated the NRC to make a plan for the indefinite management of spent nuclear fuel by licensees, as no plan for permanent storage has been reached.

Hofmann has been intimately involved with the struggle over the future of the Vermont Yankee power plant, so has Commissioner Ostendorff. His Senate confirmation was blocked by Senator Bernie Sanders who asserted that the NRC “voted secretly” to recommend that the Justice Department become involved in a lawsuit between the State of Vermont and Entergy, Vermont Yankee’s owner, after the Vermont Senate voted not to extend the GE Mark 1’s operating license.

Both Commissioner Ostendorff and Deputy Commissioner Hoffman neglected to comment on the speaking engagement.

Source: Webinar Link

Source: Energy Central

Source: Sierra Energy Group

Source: VermontBiz

Source: Vermont Department of Public Service

Source: The Huffington Post

 

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