The Future of Nuclear Energy: Featuring John Deutch
Nuclear power accounts for 20 percent of U.S. electricity generation—and 60 percent of all carbon-free power generated in America. It is also the only form of carbon-free baseload power available in the United States or globally at scale. Given these advantages, many look to nuclear as a key component of any strategy to tackle climate change. Yet, in spite of its promise, nuclear currently faces numerous headwinds. A recent U.S. Department of Energy Advisory Board report led by John Deutch found that a comprehensive nuclear program in the U.S. would take “time, significant public resources, restructured electricity markets, and sustained and skilled management attention.” Are subsidies needed and sufficient for the industry’s long-term survival? What other changes must be made? What is the outlook for states like New York and California that have pursued their own policy choices?
Join EPIC as we host esteemed energy expert John Deutch, who will examine these questions and more.
This event is part of a series the University of Chicago is hosting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. The Nuclear Reactions—1942: A Historic Breakthrough, an Uncertain Future event series will use the 1942 experiment and its historical context as a basis for insights into the future of energy, national security, and efforts to bring about a more peaceful world.
Saieh Hall, Room 146
About John Deutch
John Deutch is an emeritus Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Deutch has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1970, and has served as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry, Dean of Science and Provost. Mr. Deutch has published over 140 technical publications in physical chemistry, as well as numerous publications on technology, energy, international security, and public policy issues.