Event: The Role of Nuclear Energy in PJM’s Energy Mix (Sept 30th)

For the most part, it seems like nuclear-generated electricity just quietly chugs along, though Pennsylvania ranked second in the nation in electricity generation from nuclear power and by that measure generates nearly as much electricity from nuclear as from coal.

Here is the chance you have been waiting for to get a glimpse into the nuclear industry and operations.  This free event brought to you by Nuclear Matters, an industry advocacy group, has put together a panel of folks local to greater Pittsburgh that you don’t usually get to hear from.

A Chain Reaction: The Role of Nuclear Energy in PJM’s Energy Mix

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

The Westin Convention Center
1000 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 281-3700

Nuclear energy plants make a positive impact on Pennsylvania’s economy, employing 4,900 state residents. The state’s five plants and nine reactors generate one third of the state’s electricity and 95% of its emission free energy, according to the PA Energy Alliance. Nuclear plants generate $4.3 billion in revenue, and contribute $470 million to local economies while paying $45m in local and state taxes each year.

Join us for this free event, the third in a series, exploring nuclear energy going forward. Industry and policy experts will engage in spirited conversation on the burning questions facing the industry and the future of nuclear energy. For details on other events in the Nuclear Going Forward series, please click here.


Confirmed Panelists
• Sam Belcher, Chief Nuclear Officer, FirstEnergy Solutions
• Maria Korsnick, COO, Nuclear Energy Institute
• Lawrence Lindsey, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Lindsey Group
• Dr. Arthur T. Motta, Chairman of Nuclear Engineering Program, Penn State University
• Danny Roderick, President and CEO, Westinghouse

Key Areas of Discussion
• How will nuclear energy plants be impacted by the very competitive nature of natural gas plants in the state (due to abundant gas supplies)?
• What implications for nuclear energy exist following new EPA regulations?
• What energy security implications exist for Pennsylvania, given the anticipated closure of base load coal plants in the state and a transition to a greater dependence on natural gas?
• PJM’s experience with the January 2014 polar vortex reinforced its efforts to ensure reliability, especially with the added challenge of the unprecedented fuel transition underway in PJM and across the U.S. What is PJM doing to ensure that there is a diverse, reliable mix of resources, especially as the region transitions from coal to more natural gas?
• Between 2009 and 2019, more than 23,000MW of coal-fired generation in the PJM region is expected to have retired because of age, environmental regulations, and low-priced gas. Where does this leave the region’s nuclear fleet?
• What progress is PJM making with demand response and capacity performance, and how will it be defined, maintained and paid?
• Is PJM putting all of their eggs in one basket? What role will grid storage play in this regional transmission organization?

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