Kelly Cummins is Deputy Director, Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations at the U.S. Department of Energy.
The growing consensus that the electric industry's transformation to low and then to zero-carbon electricity must include a fleet of advanced nuclear plants as a clean baseload foundation was much discussed and celebrated as well at a gathering in New York of tech, financial, and industry leaders.
Here are key remarks by the U.S. Department of Energy's Kelly Cummins.
Kelly Cummins: This revolution will affect everyone's lives. But with this enormous obligation comes immense opportunities, and I'm excited about them in the advanced nuclear space.
Our ambitious climate goals are finally matched with the foundation to implement, and that foundation is built off the recently passed infrastructure law, the CHIPS Act, the Inflation Reduction Act. These provide us with once-in-a-generation tools to advance these clean energy technology solutions.
My office, the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, was born out of the Infrastructure Act. Our mission is to deliver clean energy technology projects at scale, working closely with the private sector, to accelerate market adoption and deployment of these technologies to get us farther along the path to the equitable transition to a decarbonized energy economy.