Hydropower, meanwhile, has very limited prospects for expansion in the United States because of environmental concerns and the small number of potential sites. This helps not only the plant owner but also customers, who are increasingly being asked to pay higher rates today to fund tomorrow’s plants. Instead, Washington is trying to use diplomacy to impose constraints on a country-by- country basis, in the futile hope that countries will agree to give up enrichment and reprocessing in exchange for nuclear cooperation with the United States. On May 16, 2013, his appointment was confirmed on a 97–0 vote by the Senate. No SMR design has yet been licensed by the NRC. Concerns about climate change and air pollution, as well as growing demand for electricity, led many governments to reconsider their aversion to nuclear power, which emits little carbon dioxide and had built up an impressive safety and reliability record. [17] In 2018, Moniz was hired by the government of Saudi Arabia to serve as member of the global advisory board of the Neom project, a $500 billion planned megacity in the Tabuk Region. The country supplying the fuel would treat the returned spent fuel as it does its own, disposing of it directly or reprocessing it. NEW ORLEANS-Former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, speaking in a city often blasted by extreme weather events, told the audience at a … [16], In June 2017, Moniz became co-chairman and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to prevent catastrophic attacks with weapons of mass destruction and disruption—nuclear, biological, radiological and cyber. It offers nuclear products and services to utilities internationally, including nuclear fuel, service and maintenance, instrumentation, control and design of nuclear power plants. Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, Renewable Energy, Breakthrough, Solyndra, Nuclear Power, Energy Efficiency “If we have a viable pathway at building nuclear power in smaller bites, the whole financing structure can change and make it much more affordable,” Moniz said. It will take advantage of substantial subsidies (loan guarantees, production tax credits, and the reimbursement of costs caused by regulatory delay) that were put forward in the 2005 Energy Policy Act to kick-start the construction of new nuclear plants. “Ernest Moniz's ‘all of the above’ energy policies might be good for his friends in the coal, oil, and gas industries, but they're a death sentence for us and our planet,” the website reads. Just four years ago, the world’s largest nuclear generating station, Kashiwazaki-Kariwa, was shut down by an earthquake that shook the plant beyond what it was designed to handle, and three of the seven reactors there remain idle today. Do not appoint Ernest Moniz. Former Obama administration Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz now heads the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a group… Instead of being stored near reactors, spent fuel should eventually be kept in dry casks at a small number of consolidated sites set up by the government where the fuel could stay for a century. To begin with, there is simply much less military waste, and the volume will hardly grow in the future. In order for that to happen, the U.S. government will have to figure out how to incubate early movers while not locking in one technology prematurely. With few exceptions, the needed upgrades are likely to be modest, but such a step would help ensure that the designs of plants reflect up-to-date information. Ernest J. Moniz Addresses Global Nuclear Risks. Moniz left office with Obama in 2017, and these days, he’s back teaching at MIT and working on various clean energy and nuclear non-proliferation efforts. Secretary Moniz played a crucial role in negotiations toward a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, directly negotiating technical details with the Iranian atomic energy minister Ali Akbar Salehi, an MIT graduate, and reassuring President Obama that concessions important to the Iranians would not pose a major threat. The country must also replace its broken nuclear waste management system with a more adaptive one that safely disposes of waste and stores it for centuries. Besides, in the long run, burning natural gas would still release too much carbon dioxide. ERNEST J. MONIZ is Co-Chair and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems Emeritus at MIT. According to cleantechnica.com, the Breakthrough Energy Coalition “does have a particular focus on nuclear energy.” Think of BEC as the billionaires’ nuclear club. An entire reactor, or at least most of it, can be built in a factory and shipped to a site for assembly, where several reactors can be installed together to compose a larger nuclear power station. He served as Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Energy … This new knowledge needs to be brought to bear not only when designing new power plants but also when revisiting the requirements at older plants, as was happening at Fukushima before the tsunami. In the United States, the NRC’s review led to a recommendation that nuclear power plant operators reevaluate seismic and flood hazards every ten years and alter the design of the plants and their operating procedures as appropriate. [12] Moniz was one of the founding members of The Cyprus Institute in 2005, where he and other scholars undertook the coordination, research and planning of the project. 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Published on October 23, 2017 by Kevin Randolph. Even after Fukushima, Congress and the White House appear to still be committed to this assistance program. These sites should be paid for by the Nuclear Waste Fund, a change that would require congressional approval. He placed energy science and technology innovation at the center of the global response to Numerous U.S. energy experts, including former Energy Secretaries Ernest Moniz and Rick Perry, have said that nuclear is key to power grid resiliency and meeting carbon reduction goals. Ernest MONIZ of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA (MIT) | Read 98 publications | Contact Ernest MONIZ Safeguards agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency are intended to make sure that civilian programs do not spill over into military ones, but the agency has only a limited ability to address clandestine programs. Those plants that are approaching the end of their initial 40-year license period, and that lack certain modern safety features, will face additional scrutiny in having their licenses extended. In Isaiah’s words we must “come and reason together.” You can hear Ernest Moniz’s speech and Q&A here. Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz discussed why the United States needs a strong nuclear power sector at a recent event that highlighted the most important “externalities” associated with nuclear energy as its national security and environmental benefits. And if governments eventually cap carbon dioxide emissions through either an emissions charge or a regulatory requirement, as they are likely to do in the next decade or so, then nuclear energy will be more attractive relative to fossil fuels. [4], Moniz was born in 1944 in Fall River, Massachusetts, the son of Georgina (Pavão) Moniz and Ernest Perry Moniz, both of whom were Portuguese immigrants from São Miguel Island, Azores. The Nuclear Waste Fund has reached $25 billion but has no disposal program to support. Germany announced an accelerated shutdown of its nuclear reactors, with broad public support, and Japan made a similar declaration, perhaps with less conviction. ", "Who Is Ernest Moniz, Obama's Likely Pick for Energy Secretary? Nevada pushed back, and the schedule slipped by two decades, which meant that the government had to pay court-ordered damages to the utility companies. The safety and capital cost challenges involved with traditional nuclear power plants may be considerable, but a new class of reactors in the development stage holds promise for addressing them. As greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere, finding ways to generate power cleanly, affordably, and reliably is becoming an even more pressing imperative. What these countries care about most is an assured supply of reactor fuel and a way to alleviate the burden of waste management. But with no functioning commercial waste management system in place, the program cannot be extended to accommodate waste from commercial reactors. Nuclear energy is generated by splitting uranium, leaving behind dangerous radioactive products, such as cesium and strontium that must be isolated for centuries. Prior to this, he served as the Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States from 1995 to 1997 and was Under Secretary of Energy from 1997 to 2001 during the Clinton Administration. It should step up its support for new technology, such as SMRs and advanced computer-modeling tools. Only after SMRs are licensed and built will their true cost be clear. Scheduled for completion in 2016, the proposed project entails two reactors totaling 2,200 megawatts at an estimated cost of $14 billion. [7] After graduating from high school, Moniz attended Boston College, where he received his Bachelor of Science summa cum laude in physics. These are not easy steps, and none of them will happen overnight. With the nomination of Ernest Moniz to be the next U.S. secretary of energy, President Barack Obama has selected a man who is not only a booster of nuclear power but a big proponent of fracking, too. The downside, however, is that this process is complex and expensive, and it poses a proliferation risk since plutonium can be used in nuclear weapons. The massive project was to be paid for by a nuclear waste fund into which nuclear power utilities contribute about $750 million each year. Moniz discussed the state of nuclear power technology and the potential for escalating proliferation risks in light of current US-Russia tensions. After Fukushima, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, an independent federal agency that licenses nuclear reactors, reviewed the industry’s regulatory requirements, operating procedures, emergency response plans, safety design requirements, and spent-fuel management. Join Professor Ernest Moniz, former Secretary of Energy, Dan Poneman, Former Deputy Secretary of Energy, and Professor Meghan O’Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School for a discussion on whether it is possible to expand the use of carbon-free nuclear power to combat global warming without unleashing the terrors of In the last decade, however, it began experiencing something of a renaissance. Still, nuclear power faces a number of challenges in terms of safety, construction costs, waste management, and weapons proliferation. But the strategy backfired, and the program is in a shambles. A more productive approach to developing nuclear power—and confronting the mounting risks of climate change—is long overdue. https://www.nti.org/about/leadership-and-staff/ernest-moniz Wind and solar power are becoming increasingly widespread, but their intermittent and variable supply make them poorly suited for large-scale use in the absence of an affordable way to store electricity. [23] Prior to his appointment as Secretary of Energy, Moniz served as a trustee of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Saudi Arabia. In the United States, Congress adopted a prescriptive approach, legislating both a single site, at Yucca Mountain, in Nevada, and a specific schedule for burying spent fuel underground. [3] Before his appointment as Secretary of Energy, Moniz served in a variety of advisory capacities, including at BP,[4] General Electric,[5] and the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Ernest J. Moniz Co-Chair and Chief Executive Officer, NTI. Low natural gas prices, mostly the result of newly accessible shale gas, have brightened the prospects that efficient gas-burning power plants could cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants relatively quickly by displacing old, inefficient coal plants, but the historical volatility of natural gas prices has made utility companies wary of putting all their eggs in that basket. The Fukushima disaster will cause nuclear regulators everywhere to reconsider safety requirements—in particular, those specifying which accidents plants must be designed to withstand. Increasingly, both sides have been playing tug of war over this information, but little has been said directly by the Obama administration. Thus, what is left is definitely waste, not a resource. If countries such as Iran are able to enrich uranium to make new reactor fuel and separate out the plutonium to recover its energy value, they then have access to the relevant technology and material for a weapons program. In the years following the major accidents at Three Mile Island in 1979 and Chernobyl in 1986, nuclear power fell out of favor, and some countries applied the brakes to their nuclear programs. Event focuses on importance of science, students, and scale in the clean energy transition, U.S. C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium convenes virtually, declaring environmental justice key for combating climate change, An investigation into household decision making. Washington should stick to its plan of offering limited assistance for building several new nuclear reactors in this decade, sharing the lessons learned across the industry. SMRs have attractive safety features, too. From May 2013 to January 2017, Moniz served as United States Secretary of Energy in the Obama Administration. [20], Moniz has been criticized by environmentalists for his ties to the oil and gas industries. Today, roughly 60 nuclear plants are under construction worldwide, which will add about 60,000 megawatts of generating capacity—equivalent to a sixth of the world’s current nuclear power capacity. The NRC also proposed regulations that would require nuclear power stations to have systems in place to allow them to remain safe if cut off from outside power and access for up to three days. These reactors, called small modular reactors (SMRs), produce anywhere from ten to 300 megawatts, rather than the 1,000 megawatts produced by a typical reactor. Moreover, most of the military waste already has the uranium and plutonium separated out from the spent fuel, since the aim was to produce nuclear weapons material. Local concerns about nuclear waste facilities are not going to magically disappear; they need to be addressed with a more adaptive, collaborative, and transparent waste program. But the movement lost momentum in March, when a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the massive tsunami it triggered devastated Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant. US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, who tried to trumpet nuclear power in Paris, sounded more like he was paraphrasing Rudyard Kipling. The debate over the merits of recycling transuranic elements has yet to be resolved. Their decisions were made easier thanks to the fact that electricity demand has flagged during the world-wide economic slowdown and the fact that global regulation to limit climate change seems less imminent now than it did a decade ago. And assuming a defense waste repository were established first, the experience gained operating it would be highly valuable when it comes time to establish a civilian one. The additional cooling time would provide the Department of Energy, or some other organization, with more flexibility in designing a geological repository. But now, it looks as though it will be many years before a large-scale repository opens. January 11, 2018 Nuclear Threats. Former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz was named co-chair and chief executive officer by the Board of Directors of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) in March 2017. [10] He co-chairs the MIT research council. The event caused widespread public doubts about the safety of nuclear power to resurface. When it comes to safety, the design requirements for nuclear reactors must be reexamined in light of up-to-date analyses of plausible accidents. For example, it might make sense to separate out the long-living transuranic elements in nuclear reactor waste, which constitute a nasty but very small package, and dispose of them in a miles-deep borehole, while placing the shorter-living materials in repositories closer to the surface. Dr. Moniz and Jason also discussed the outlook for the Iran nuclear agreement, and what the implications may be for energy markets, following the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the deal. Ernest J. Moniz served as the thirteenth United States Secretary of Energy from 2013 to January 2017. In the United States, there is still a great deal of uncertainty over the cost of new nuclear power plants. If you haven’t heard of Ernest “Ernie” Moniz, there’s still a good chance you’ve seen a picture of him. Ernest Moniz is Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems and Director of the Energy Initiative at MIT. From May 2013 to January 2017, Moniz served as United States Secretary of Energy in the Obama Administration. What happened to Obama's call for "clean" energy in his 2013 State of the Union address? He served in the Clinton administration as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President from 1995 to 1997. Rather than chasing elusive economies of scale by building larger projects, SMR vendors can take advantage of the economies of manufacturing: a skilled permanent work force, quality control, and continuous improvement in reactors’ design and manufacturing. The United States must take a number of decisions to maintain and advance the option of nuclear energy. Even after the Fukushima disaster, China, which accounts for about 40 percent of current nuclear power plant construction, and India, Russia, and South Korea, which together account for another 40 percent, shows no signs of backing away from their pushes for nuclear power. Many utilities have moved some of the spent fuel out of the pools and into dry storage facilities built on site, which the NRC has judged safe for a century or so. The success or failure of these construction projects in avoiding delays and cost overruns will help determine the future of nuclear power in the United States. The government would no longer have to pay utilities for not meeting the mandated schedule, and communities near reactors would be reassured that spent fuel has a place to go. He began serving in June 2017. Ernest Jeffrey Moniz, GCIH[1] (/moʊniːz/;[2] born December 22, 1944) is an American nuclear physicist and government official. Their design often incorporates natural cooling features that can continue to function in the absence of external power, and the underground placement of the reactors and the spent-fuel storage pools is more secure. The government’s role should be to help provide the private sector with a well-understood set of options, including nuclear power—not to prescribe a desired market share for any specific technology. He served as Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Energy in 1997–2001. Author: Ernest J. Moniz | Jan. 11, 2018 Transcript of Speech at Center for Strategic and International Studies. Prior to this, he served as the Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States from 1995 to 1997 and was Under Secretary of Energy from 1997 to 2001 during the Clinton Administration. All this can make nuclear power plants seem like risky investments, which in turn raises investors’ demands on return and the cost of borrowing money to finance the projects. There is a lot of headroom for creative diplomacy. He served as U.S. Secretary of Energy from 2013 to 2017. Sweden upgraded its waste disposal program with just such a consensus-based process, and for a dozen years the U.S. Department of Energy has operated a geological repository for trans- uranic waste near Carlsbad, New Mexico, with strong community support. Reproduced for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with permission from Foreign Affairs (Nov/Dec 2011). This is a time- consuming process for any new nuclear technology, and it will be especially so for those SMR designs that represent significant departures from the NRC’s experience. Public concern about radioactive waste is also hindering nuclear power, and no country yet has a functioning system for disposing of it. Westinghouse Electric Company LLC is an American nuclear power company formed in 1999 from the nuclear power division of the original Westinghouse Electric Corporation. This made sense at the time, since the planners assumed that Yucca Mountain would be available for storing both types. Again, and we all know nuclear power is 60 percent of our – roughly speaking – zero-carbon generation. The government should also investigate new approaches to disposal. The decline of the U.S. nuclear-power industry puts America's security at risk, according to a report being released Tuesday by former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz … The NRC will almost certainly implement a number of the resulting recommendations, and the cost of doing business with nuclear energy in the United States will inevitably go up. In 1972, he received his Masters of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy in theoretical physics from Stanford University. Fast-tracking a defense waste program would allow the federal government to meet its obligations to states that host nuclear weapons facilities, from which it has agreed to remove radioactive waste. There will be fewer economically viable options for meeting the United States’ energy and environmental needs, and the country will be less competitive in the global technology market. The United States’ dysfunctional nuclear waste management system has an unfortunate international side effect: it limits the options for preventing other countries from using nuclear power infrastructure to produce nuclear weapons. At the same time, new reactors under construction in Finland and France have gone billions of dollars over budget, casting doubt on the affordability of nuclear power plants. [19] However, former Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm was chosen instead. The President and his first-term Administration have encumbered American energy policy with subsidies, mandates, and micromanagement. Nuclear physicist Ernest J. Moniz has returned to MIT following more than three and a half years of service as the 13th U.S. Secretary of Energy. 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These proposals do not mean that the NRC lacks confidence in the safety of U.S. nuclear reactors; their track record of running 90 percent of the time is an indicator of good safety performance and extraordinary when compared with other methods of electricity generation. The first new nuclear plants of next-generation design are likely to be built in Georgia by the Southern Company, pending the NRC’s approval. The catch, however, is that the economies of manufacturing can be realized and understood only if there is a reliable stream of orders to keep the manufacturing lines busy turning out the same design. (In 2016, Terra Power, based in Bellevue, Washington, received a $40 million grant from Ernest Moniz’s Department of Energy.) U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said the time will come—perhaps 10 to 15 years from now—when “nuclear power is going to have to see a substantial resurgence.” ", "Biden to tap former Michigan Gov. Energy Secretary nominee Dr. Ernest Moniz … [21][22] During his career, Moniz has served on the advisory boards for BP, one of the largest oil and gas companies, and General Electric. I appreciate the invitation to join you at CSIS, an extraordinarily effective and respected organization here in Washington and around the world. This approach has several advantages. Home » A Statement from U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz Regarding Fukushima Editors Note: This statement has been updated as of 12:55 PM on November 1, 2013 “On Friday, I made my first visit to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The Tennessee Valley Authority, a federally owned corporation, is currently finishing construction of the Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor, in eastern Tennessee, which was started long ago, and it has plans to complete another, Bellefonte Unit 1, in Hollywood, Alabama. Ernest J. Moniz served as the thirteenth United States Secretary of Energy from 2013 to January 2017. Since SMRrs are smaller than conventional nuclear plants, the construction costs for individual projects are more manageable, and thus the financing terms may be more favorable. Meanwhile, nuclear power could be essential in such a system, but that is not a “universally held view,” Moniz noted. Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, Renewable Energy, Breakthrough, Solyndra, Nuclear Power, Energy Efficiency The assembly-line-like production of SMRs should lower their cost, too. Nevertheless, the incident at Fukushima clearly calls for additional regulatory requirements, and the NRC’s recommendations should be put in place as soon as is feasible. In 2013, he received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid as a recognition of his research on energy policies and technologies.[13]. But such an incremental step should not substitute for a comprehensive approach to waste management. Ernest Moniz's "all of the above" energy policies might be good for his friends in the coal, oil and gas industries, but they're a death sentence for us and our planet. He served as Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Energy in 1997–2001. [18], In November 2020, Moniz was named a candidate for Secretary of Energy in the Biden Administration. As Secretary, he advanced energy technology innovation, nuclear security and strategic stability, cutting-edge capabilities for the American scientific research community, and environmental stewardship. New regulations will inevitably increase the costs of nuclear power, and nuclear power plants, with a price tag of around $6–$10 billion each, are already much more expensive to build than are plants powered by fossil fuels. If nuclear energy is to enjoy a sustained renaissance, the challenge of managing nuclear waste for thousands of years must be met. 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