Achieving Clean Energy: The Critical Role of Nuclear Power

Understanding the role nuclear energy plays in cutting emissions is critical as proposed federal and state policies seek to significantly reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants. As the Supreme Court considers the Clean Power Plan, nuclear energy can continue to play a vital role in meeting these targets. 

This program will discuss the clean energy benefits and value of nuclear power. How much does preserving nuclear energy sources curb CO2 emissions? What role will nuclear power play in meeting these environmental goals? Can states effectively rely on nuclear power sources to reach these goals, particularly compared with alternatives such as natural gas? 

Join us for this free event, the fifth 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.



Registration to attend the live event is now closed. However, we will be streaming this event online, so please register to view the webcast below. 


Friday, September 23, 2016
8:00 am - 10:00 am EST

Bloomberg Government
1101 K Street, NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005

Underwritten by:

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8:00 am       Breakfast and Registration

8:30 am       Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Scott Mozarsky, President, Cross-Platform Businesses, Bloomberg BNA

8:35 am
      Keynote Interview 
Professor Emily Hammond’s research into nuclear power’s contribution to reduce CO2 emissions and compliance with the Clean Power Plan provides valuable insights into the role of nuclear power in meeting the nation’s environmental goals.  

    • Emily Hammond, Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School

    Interviewed by:

    • Chris Gadomski, Head of Research, Nuclear, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

    9:15 am  
        Planning to Preserve: Using Nuclear Power to Meet CO2 Goals
    This panel will explore strategies and programs that are cost effective, reliable, and achieve environmental goals. Speakers will discuss recommendations and solutions based on The Horinko Group’s soon-to-be-released report outlining how states can properly implement a mass-based plan. 


    • Chris Gadomski, Head of Research, Nuclear, Bloomberg New Energy Finance


    • Carol M. Browner, Leadership Council, Nuclear Matters; Former Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency 
    • Emily Hammond, Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
    • Rich Powell, Managing Director - Policy and Strategy, ClearPath

    10:00 am
         Event Concludes



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      Carol M. Browner, Leadership Council, Nuclear Matters; Former Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

      Carol M. Browner most recently served as Assistant to President Barack Obama and Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, where she oversaw the coordination of environmental, energy, climate, transport, and related policy across the federal government. During her tenure, the White House secured the largest investment ever in clean energy and established a national car policy that included both new automobile fuel-efficiency standards and the first-ever greenhouse gas reductions. Previously, Browner was a founding principal of The Albright Group LLC from 2001 to 2008. From 1993 to 2001, Browner served as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. She was known for working with both environmentalists and industry to set science-based public health protections while providing businesses with important flexibilities in how to meet those standards. From 1991 to 1993, Ms. Browner served as Secretary of Environmental Regulation in Florida, where she launched the largest ecological restoration project ever attempted in the United States.

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      Emily Hammond, Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School

      Emily Hammond is a nationally recognized expert in energy law, environmental law, and administrative law. A former environmental engineer, she brings technical fluency to cutting-edge issues at the intersection of law, science, and policy. Professor Hammond is a leading authority on nuclear energy, electricity markets, regulatory jurisdiction, and the various responses of legal institutions to scientific uncertainty. Her articles have appeared in numerous top-ranked journals, including the Columbia Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Michigan Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review. She is a co-author of one of the nation’s leading energy law texts, Energy, Economics and the Environment, and the environmental law text, Environmental Protection: Law and Policy, in addition to numerous book chapters and shorter works. An elected member of the American Law Institute, Professor Hammond is also Chair-Elect of the Association of American Law Schools’ Administrative Law Section and a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform. She has served as a hearing examiner for state administrative proceedings and has provided service to the International Atomic Energy Agency. She was recently honored as a Distinguished Young Environmental Scholar by the Stegner Center, University of Utah. Prior to joining the GW law faculty, Professor Hammond served on the faculties at Wake Forest University and the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she won numerous teaching awards and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Director of the Law Center. She has visited at the University of Texas, Florida State University, and the University of Georgia. Before entering academia, Professor Hammond practiced with law with Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, and clerked for Judge Richard W. Story of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. 

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      Rich Powell, Managing Director - Policy and Strategy, ClearPath

      Rich Powell is a Managing Director at ClearPath, where he leads the policy and strategy work. Previously, Rich was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company with the Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice. He focused on clean energy strategy, residential energy efficiency, low carbon growth, climate adaptation, ecosystem conservation through resource productivity, and water access. He served clients across the private, public, and social sectors. Rich regularly speaks on clean energy topics, most recently at the American Legislative Exchange Council policy summit, the Corporate Eco-Forum, the Yale Environmental Law Conference, and EE Global 2015. He has a BA from Harvard College in Environmental Science and Public Policy, and a JD from New York University.

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      Chris Gadomski, Head of Research, Nuclear, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

      Chris is the Lead Analyst of Nuclear at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Chris directs the firm’s nuclear energy research team in developing a robust methodology for forecasting global nuclear investment in new build, innovative technologies, O&M, fuel cycle and decommissioning. As a business development and corporate communications consultant, Chris has more than 25 years’ experience working with regional and multinational firms and global institutions on energy and environmental projects. Chris joined the faculty of New York University’s Center for Global Affairs in September 2005 where he teaches graduate courses on Energy Policy; the Economics and Finance of Energy; and Nuclear Energy, the Environment and Proliferation. Current research interests include the social, technical, economic, environmental and political challenges to nuclear and renewable energy development. Following the March 2011 earthquake and ensuing tsunami, Chris discussed the implications of the Fukushima nuclear event as a guest on Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, National Public Radio and ABC and CBS affiliates.

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      Scott Mozarsky, President, Cross-Platform Businesses, Bloomberg BNA

      Scott Mozarsky acts as President, Cross-Platform Businesses for the Bloomberg Industry Verticals. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Scott held a number of leadership roles during a thirteen-year tenure in the UBM plc Group. As President – Media & Marketing Services for UBM Tech, Scott was responsible for building UBM Tech’s Marketing Services business and driving the evolution of leading websites, such as Information Week.com, EE Times, Dr. Dobbs Journal, and Light Reading, to an online community model tied to UBM Tech’s live events. Scott also served as EVP and Chief Operating Officer of UBM LLC (formerly CMP Media) and headed up global corporate development and M&A for United Business Media Limited’s US-based subsidiaries. As EVP & Chief Commercial Officer of PR Newswire, Scott oversaw PRN’s commercial activities worldwide, which involved spearheading the company’s efforts to meet the communications, marketing and investor relations needs of its customers. Scott earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Williams College and his JD from Fordham Law School.


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