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Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy to host events on nuclear power, shale natural gas in October


The Bloustein School's Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy will be hosting two events in October, a discussion on the future of nuclear power and a presentation on the implications of shale natural gas.

On Wednesday, October 12, PSEG Power President and CEO William Levis will discuss "The Future of Nuclear Power." PSEG Power is a major, unregulated independent power producer in the U.S. with three main subsidiaries: PSEG Nuclear, PSEG Fossil, and PSEG Energy Resources and Trade (ER&T). Before coming to PSEG in 2007, Mr. Levis was Exelon Nuclear’s vice-president – Mid-Atlantic operations. During his years at Exelon, Mr. Levis oversaw significant improvements, setting records for total annual megawatt production and establishing efficiency records for refueling outages. Prior to joining Exelon, Mr. Levis worked at Ontario Hydro’s Pickering Plant and held several positions over a five-year period with Carolina Power and Light’s Brunswick facility. During this time, the station was removed from the NRC Watch List and set new records in the areas of safety, production, and cost.

Mr. Levis has a Bachelor of Science degree in marine engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and holds an SRO (senior reactor operator) certification. He retired as a commander in the Naval Reserves and attained his professional engineer license in 1985. Mr. Levis serves as a member of Pennsylvania Congressman James Gerlach’s Service Academies Selection Committee. He is also a member of Nuclear Energy Institute’s (NEI) Board of Directors, and serves as a member of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) National Nuclear Accrediting Board.

The discussion will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Special Events Forum of the Civic Square Building in New Brunswick. It is free and open to the public but registration is required. Please visit the CEEEP registration page to register and for directions to the event.

On Thursday, October 20 Melanie A. Kenderdine, Executive Director of MIT Energy Initiative and Upendra Chivukula, New Jersey State Assemblyman, will give a presentation on "Shale Natural Gas and Its Implications for the Region." Kenderdine joined the MIT Energy Initiative in March 2007. She is a member of a three-person leadership team of the Initiative, responsible for its implementation and the development of long-range strategies for its activities, management and growth. Prior to joining MIT, she was vice president of the Gas Technology Institute for Washington operations, where she was involved in major initiatives to increase domestic natural gas supply, enhance energy efficiency and security and promote the research needs of the natural gas industry. From 1993 to 2001, Kenderdine served in several key posts at the U.S. Department of Energy, including director of the Office of Policy and senior advisor to the secretary. Kenderdine has testified before Congress on many occasions, has served on numerous energy task forces and is a frequent speaker at international energy conferences, including the World Petroleum Congress, IEA’s International Energy Experts Conference in Abu Dhabi and the Turkish War College in Istanbul.

Assemblyman Chivukula was elected to the New Jersey Legislature in 2002, in the 17th Legislative District. He was elected by his colleagues in the Assembly as a Deputy Speaker in 2007 and also serves as Chair of the Telecommunications & Utilities Committee. Assemblyman Chivukula also serves as a member of the Commerce and Economic Development Committee.

The event begins at 1:00 p.m. It will be held at the Special Events Forum of the Civic Square Building in New Brunswick. Online registration is required.

For additional information about either event, please contact Jaci Trzaska.


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