Renaissance or Reconsideration? Nuclear Power Post-Fukushima

Renaissance or Reconsideration? Nuclear Power Post-Fukushima

November 16-17, 2011

Fluno Center

Because this program is of such importance to our energy industry as a whole, we are able to offer the following fee structure as a result of a generous grant from the University of Wisconsin Energy Institute and the UW Madison Engineering Physics Department.

Non-members:  $75

Faculty and students  $25

Members:  $50

Legislative and public service staff are eligible for full scholarships, please contact


Will nuclear power experience a renaissance in the U.S.? Will other countries take the lead in building new reactors? The March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant shone a spotlight on safety concerns over nuclear power. Yet safety is one of several important concerns that the nuclear power industry is encountering as it seeks to meet a growing demand for inexpensive, low-carbon energy around the world.

This summit, featuring nationally recognized experts on nuclear energy, will take a “big picture” look at some of the most pressing issues in nuclear power today, including cost, safety, spent fuel, and proliferation.

Topics covered will include:

Cost: What drives the costs in construction and maintenance of nuclear plants, and what is the future picture for capital costs, operation and maintenance costs, and construction time?

Supply Chain: What is the outlook for availability of materials and human capital to build new and maintain existing power plants?

Safety:What is the safety assessment process for nuclear plants, and what aspects are being reevaluated following the Fukushima accident?

Spent Fuel: What are the recommendations from the Department of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle, and what do they mean for nuclear power plants in Wisconsin?

Proliferation: Are our current international safeguards sufficient? 

American Competitiveness: Will the U.S. be a large consumer of nuclear technology in the future, a large supplier, both, or neither?

Public Perception: How do our brains respond to the risks involved with nuclear power, and what are the proper ways to communicate technologies that involve risk?


  • Eric Loewen, President, American Nuclear Society
  • Tom Cochran, retired – Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Ashok Bhatnagar, retired – Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Matt Dryden, AREVA
  • Kristine Svinicki, Commissioner, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Cathryn Carson, UC-Berkeley
  • Chris Schoenherr, Wisconsin Dept. of Administration
  • John Kotek, U.S. Dept. of Energy Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future
  • Tom Sanders, Savannah River National Lab
  • Laura Hermann, Potomac Communications


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