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Licensing Small Modular Reactors: An Overview of Regulatory and Policy Issues

by William C. Ostendorff, Amy Cubbage
Monday, July 6, 2015

Small modular reactors (SMRs) have recently garnered significant interest in the United States and abroad. The responsibility to review and license SMRs falls to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which has been closely watching small modular reactor developments and is currently conducting detailed pre-application reviews.

Small Modular Reactors: A Call for Action

by William J. Madia , Regis Matzie , Gary Vine
Monday, July 6, 2015

The US Small Modular Reactor effort is at a critical juncture. Despite industry support and a successful start to the Department of Energy’s licensing program, the authors believe that widespread deployment of US-built reactors will be difficult to achieve on the schedule needed to match potential domestic and global marketplace demand unless decisive action is taken now.

Podcast: "The Future of Nuclear Power: Small Modular Reactors," with William J. Madia and Regis Matzie
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"The Future of Nuclear Power: Small Modular Reactors," with William J. Madia and Regis Matzie

interview with William J. Madia , Regis Matzie via Fellow Talks
Monday, June 29, 2015

The new innovation that could change the course of nuclear power in America. Bill Madia and Regis Matzie with an up-to-date check-in on small modular nuclear reactors

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"Reinventing Nuclear Power" with James O. Ellis, Jr.

featuring James O. Ellis Jr. via Fellow Talks
Friday, June 26, 2015

Taking a fresh look at nuclear power in a time of newfound domestic energy abundance.

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"New Nuclear's Potential" with George P. Shultz and James O. Ellis, Jr.

interview with George P. Shultz, James O. Ellis Jr. via Fellow Talks
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

George P. Shultz and James O. Ellis, Jr. talk about why they are taking a fresh look at nuclear power and how understanding the issues around new approaches to nuclear power will help to realize their potential.

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The Nuclear Dilemma

by James Goodbyvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The world's nuclear stockpiles are shrinking. But that doesn't mean the world is a safer place. 

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The War That Must Never Be Fought

by George P. Shultzvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Nuclear weapons are the gravest threat to humanity’s survival.

 
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The Eureka Podcast – “Jerry Brown, Environmental Visionary?”

interview with Carson Bruno, Jeremy Carl, Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Monday, March 9, 2015

California’s governor sets ambitious new goals for the state’s energy future.

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Stanford Professors Urge Withdrawal From Fossil Fuel Investments

quoting George P. Shultzvia The Guardian
Sunday, January 11, 2015

Faculty members call on university to recognise urgency of climate change and divest from all oil, coal and gas companies.

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Why New York Is Wrong About Fracking

by Jeremy Carlvia CNN
Saturday, December 20, 2014

(CNN) -- "I consider the people of New York my patients," acting New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said this week as he cited health-related reasons for recommending New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ban hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," to develop natural gas resources in the state.

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U.S. Carbon Price, Opportunities For Innovation (Webinar)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Webinar hosted by the MIT Climate CoLab's carbon price contest

The webinar is free and open to the public, and provides an opportunity to learn about the current challenges and opportunities in successfully implementing a price on carbon in the United States.

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Game Changers: Energy on the Move

Introducing Game Changers, a joint Hoover-MIT book on energy innovation

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative recently released Game Changed: Energy on the Move, a new book edited by Hoover distinguished fellow George Shultz and Director of the MIT Energy Initiative Robert C. Armstrong on the historic and current innovations on energy.

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Game Changers: Energy on the Move

Game Changers Explores a Cheaper, Cleaner, and More Secure National Energy System

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Hoover Institution and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative (MITEI) released the product of a multiyear collaboration:  Game Changers: Energy on the Move.

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Energy Task Force Meeting

Meeting of Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy

Friday, September 20, 2013

On September 20, the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy met to discuss technological and policy evolution in the rapidly-evolving transportation fuel sector.

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Shultz speaks at 2013 Stanford-MIT Game-Changers Workshop

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, and the Hoover Institution have been working for the past two years on identifying game-changing energy technologies to boost America’s long-term economic growth and address serious energy challenges, including climate change and today’s global energy enterprises. They gathered in Washington, DC, on Thursday, March 7, 2013, for the Game-Changers Workshop.

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Hoover fellow Sidney Drell with President Obama at the White House ceremony.

President Obama presents National Medal of Science to Sidney Drell

Sunday, February 3, 2013

President Barack Obama named twelve scientists, including Sidney Drell, Hoover senior fellow and member of the Hoover Institution's Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, as winners of the National Medal of Science. Established by the 86th Congress in 1959, the award is given to those individuals “deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences.” In 1980 Congress expanded this recognition to include the social and behavioral sciences. President Obama presented Drell with the award at a White House ceremony on Friday, February 1, 2013.

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Power Association of Northern California (PANC) president Les Guliasi (left) and

Carl on electricity regulation in California

Friday, November 30, 2012

Jeremy Carl, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, along with Dian Grueneich, a former California Utilities commissioner, and their coauthors David Fedor and Cara Goldenberg, released a paper titled Renewable and Distributed Power in California; Simplifying the Regulatory Maze on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. George P. Shultz, the Thomas and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow and chair of the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, announced the release of this study Wednesday afternoon at a meeting of the Power Association of Northern California, a trade group made up of leading figures in California’s power industry.

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The Nuclear Enterprise: High-Consequence Accidents: How to Enhance Safety and Mi

World-Renowned Nuclear Experts Analyze Risks and Rewards of the Nuclear Enterprise in a new book edited by George P. Shultz and Sidney D. Drell

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
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Hoover Institution Press today released The Nuclear Enterprise: High-Consequence Accidents: How to Enhance Safety and Minimize Risks in Nuclear Weapons and Reactors, a book edited by George P. Shultz and Sidney D. Drell in which contributors examine risks associated with the nuclear enterprise of weapons and power plant accidents. This book emphasizes the importance of adopting essential safety and security measures so as to minimize these risks globally in view of the potentially devastating consequences of accidents in the nuclear enterprise.

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Hoover fellow George Shultz 'walks the talk' on clean energy

Hoover fellow George Shultz on energy: It's personal

Thursday, July 12, 2012

George Shultz, the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution and chair of the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, leads a group preparing to propose a federal carbon tax to slash US greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption, an unlikely policy coming from a Republican Party statesman. Shultz, however, is confident that, when the time is right, conservatives will support a carbon tax for a number of reasons.

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Shultz speaks at the Energy Security Initiative at Brookings

Shultz speaks at Energy Security Initiative at Brookings

Monday, October 31, 2011

With increasing demands on our nation’s electric grid and its impact on energy security, the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Energy Task Force and the Brookings Institution’s Energy Security Initiative teamed up to examine Distributed Power Systems (DPS), a combination of distributed generation sources and grid storage. Click here to view the video of the event.

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The Hoover Institution's Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy addresses energy policy in the United States and its effects on our domestic and international political priorities, particularly our national security.

 

As a result of volatile and rising energy prices and increasing global concern about climate change, two related and compelling issues—threats to national security and adverse effects of energy usage on global climate—have emerged as key adjuncts to America’s energy policy; the task force will explore these subjects in detail. The task force’s goals are to gather comprehensive information on current scientific and technological developments, survey the contingent policy actions, and offer a range of prescriptive policies to address our varied energy challenges. The task force will focus on public policy at all levels, from individual to global. It will then recommend policy initiatives, large and small, that can be undertaken to the advantage of both private enterprises and governments acting individually and in concert.