Rep. Burgess introduces American Nuclear Leadership Commission Act

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) introduced a bill that creates a bipartisan commission within the Department of Energy (DOE) to study the civilian nuclear power industry.

The American Nuclear Leadership Commission Act directs the new commission to explore how a nuclear reactor is brought from development to commercialization as well as potential market opportunities for advanced reactors. Further, the commission would explore the problems of the nuclear fuel cycle from beginning to end; the industrial capacity of the US to design and build nuclear reactors; the competitiveness of US nuclear reactors in export markets; how advanced reactors may be able to reduce the cost of nuclear power; the environmental benefits of civilian nuclear power; and what regulations and laws exist that limit the expansion of civilian nuclear power.

“Consumers are seeking energy sources with lower emissions, and nuclear power must be part of that mix. Right now, America’s leadership in civilian nuclear power is being challenged by Russia and China who want to corner the market,” Burgess, a Republican Leader of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, said. “This legislation will create a bipartisan commission to examine the future of the civilian nuclear power industry in the United States and investigate the challenges ahead. I believe this commission will shine a spotlight on those challenges and provide the answers necessary to ensure our nation’s continued leadership in nuclear energy.”

This commission would be evenly split by party membership, with each serving two-year terms and chaired by the DOE Secretary. After the commission completes the study, it will report to Congress on its findings and make policy recommendations.

Dave Kovaleski

Recent Posts

Colorado PUC approves Xcel Energy’s transportation electrification plan

Colorado’s Public Utility Commission (PUC), in a recent 90-page decision, largely approved a $110 million…

12 hours ago

EEI honors power companies’ efforts during brutal storm season with emergency response and assistance awards

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) presented its Emergency Response Awards this week, crediting the electric…

13 hours ago

Florida Power & Light closes last coal-fired plant

Florida Power & Light Company formally closed its last coal-fired plant in Florida at the…

18 hours ago

AGA Foundation releases study on the role of natural gas in energy resilient future

The American Gas Foundation (AGF) released a study on the role natural gas plays in…

18 hours ago

NARUC, NASEO release two reports on financing for states seeking microgrids

A pair of new reports released by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)…

18 hours ago

Appalachian Power to request approval for modernization, reliability project in five Virginia counties

Appalachian Power seeks to bring transmission systems from the 1920s and 1940s into the modern…

18 hours ago

This website uses cookies.