Future of Nuclear Energy

Friday, March 10, 1pm, Weinmann Hall, Room TBD

Nuclear energy is responsible for roughly 19% of the electricity generated in the United States –nonetheless, it is still highly controversial due to, among other maters, the extremely large capital costs, the complexity of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations, the long-term management of nuclear waste, and overall safety concerns. Nuclear power generation has benefited from direct and indirect federal “subsidies,” while providing a very significant percentage of the GHG-free power generation in the U.S. Using examples from the U.S. and across the globe, this panel will focus on some of the key legal and regulatory issues that have to be confronted with respect to the operation of nuclear power plants, including the future of the nuclear power industry in light of current and expected economic conditions.

Matthew L. Wald,  Senior Communications Advisor, Nuclear Energy Institute

MattWaldSPE02 copy.jpgMatthew L. Wald is the Senior Communications Advisor at the Nuclear Energy Institute. Before coming to NEI in April, 2015, he was a reporter at The New York Times, where he wrote about energy and environment topics for 30 years. Matt came to Washington in 1995.

 Matt has been particularly interested in civilian nuclear power since the late 1970s. He has toured more than two dozen power reactors and research reactors, as well as Yucca Mountain, the leading candidate for disposal of nuclear waste. In the 1980’s and 1990’s he wrote extensively about the production of materials for nuclear weapons, and the resulting environmental problems. He has also written about oil refining, alternative fuels including biofuels, oil and natural gas production, oil spills including the Exxon Valdez and the oil fires set by the Iraqis in Kuwait at the end of the first gulf war. He has also written about batteries, fuel cells, the electric grid, thermal energy storage, wind energy and solar energy.

He holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Brown University, and a Certificate in Auto Mechanics from the Providence Vocational Technical Facility.

Robert Sloan, Senior Counsel at Sidley Austin LLP; Adjunct Professor of Law at Tulane Law School; Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC)

Bob-Sloan2.jpgBOB SLOAN is a nationally regarded lawyer whose practice focuses on energy and corporate law. In the energy field, Bob focuses his practice on transactions in the U.S., Western Europe and Asia, along with state and federal regulatory matters. In the corporate area, Bob concentrates on corporate governance issues for both public and private companies.

Bob served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Entergy Corporation, a major electric utility based in New Orleans, and earlier was Vice President and General Counsel for a division of GE Industrial Systems. In these positions, Bob was heavily involved in developing corporate governance constructs for which he received recognition in the industry. He has also worked extensively on a broad range of nuclear industry issues, both at Entergy and as a senior attorney at the Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser.

Bob is currently an adjunct professor at Tulane Law School in New Orleans, where he has been teaching courses on energy law, regulation and policy as well as law, literature and the legal profession. He is also a senior fellow at the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC), a cross-functional center tied to the business school, the Harris School of Public Policy, the Economics Department and the Law School.


Tyson Slocum, Energy Program Director, Public Citizens, Inc.

tyson-slocumTyson Theron Slocum is director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program, covering the regulation of petroleum, natural gas and power markets. Tyson serves on the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Energy & Environmental Markets Advisory Committee, and frequently intervenes before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission representing the interests of household consumers. Tyson presents his research in Congressional testimony and appears regularly in the media, including guest appearances on The Colbert Report. Tyson is a member of the faculty at the University of Maryland Honors College, where he teaches an energy and climate policy course. Prior to joining Public Citizen in 2000, Tyson served as an analyst with the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy. Follow him on Twitter @TysonSlocum


 Mr. Kenneth Gelburd (Moderator), Federal Bar Association, Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Section

Ken Gelburd is semi-retired after 35 years of public service as a counselor and litigator in environmental and administrative law. He has practiced successfully in Pennsylvania and federal trial and appellate courts, including the Supreme Courts of both jurisdictions. He received his J. D. from the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania, his M.A. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his B.A.in English Literature from Syracuse University. Mr. Gelburd is a longtime Board member of the Federal Bar Association’s Section on the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources (FBA-EENR), which is co-sponsoring this Summit. He has been moderating panels at Tulane’s Environmental Summits on behalf of FBA-EENR since 2008.