The Atlantic Council—in partnership with Breakthrough Energy—is pleased to host the Atoms for Appalachia Meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee. This event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at The Tennessean Hotel, 531 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902.

The Atoms for Appalachia Meeting will examine Tennessee’s leadership in nuclear energy and its potential as a first-mover state into advanced nuclear technologies. The existing fleet already contributes to a robust Tennessean economy, and the development of advanced nuclear energy technologies could contribute to a wide suite of future economic opportunities. The event aims to explore this potential, as well as discuss possible challenges to deploying advanced nuclear technologies.

The private workshop will provide an opportunity for local and state voices to strengthen existing nuclear energy initiatives and lay the groundwork for future collaboration throughout the region.

If you have any questions about this event, please don’t hesitate to contact Amy Drake at adrake@atlanticcouncil.org.

Agenda

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast


8:30 – 8:35 a.m. Welcome Remarks

Lauren Hughes, Deputy Director, Nuclear Energy Policy Initiative, Atlantic Council


8:35 – 9:00 a.m. Morning Keynotes

Brandon Gibson, Chief Operating Officer, Office of the Governor, State of Tennessee

Mickey Wade, Associate Lab Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Workshop I: The Future of Tennessee Industrial and Economic Development 

Tracy Boatner, President, East Tennessee Economic Council

Molly Cripps, Director, TDEC Office of Energy Programs, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Braden Stover, Director of Legislation, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

MODERATED BY

Lauren Hughes, Deputy Director, Nuclear Energy Policy Initiative, Atlantic Council


9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Workshop Discussion

MODERATED BY

Lauren Hughes, Deputy Director, Nuclear Energy Policy Initiative, Atlantic Council


10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break


11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Panel: Leveraging National Capabilities

Steven Aumeier, Senior Advisor, Nuclear Energy Programs, Idaho National Laboratory

Cheryl Moss Herman, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Nuclear Energy, US Department of Energy

David Pointer, Interim Division Director, Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory 

MODERATED BY

Farah Benahmed, Manager, US Policy and Advocacy, Breakthrough Energy


12:00– 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch


1:00– 1:30 p.m. Workshop II: Developing the Workforce of the Future

Greg Boerschig, Vice President, Clinch River Project, Tennessee Valley Authority

Ken Tobin, Chief Research and University Partnerships Officer, Oak Ridge Associated Universities 

Kathryn Worrell, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

MODERATED BY

Andrew Worrall, Director, Nuclear Energy Programs, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Workshop Discussion

MODERATED BY

Andrew Worrall, Director, Nuclear Energy Programs, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


2:30– 2:45 p.m. Coffee Break


2:45– 3:15 p.m. Workshop III: Fostering Interstate Collaboration

Scott Hunnewell, Vice President, New Nuclear Program, Tennessee Valley Authority

Sola Talabi, President, Pittsburgh Technical – Advanced Reactor Consulting Firm

April Wade, Executive Director, Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium

MODERATED BY

Lauren Hughes, Deputy Director, Nuclear Energy Policy Initiative, Atlantic Council


3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Workshop Discussion

MODERATED BY

Lauren Hughes, Deputy Director, Nuclear Energy Policy Initiative, Atlantic Council


4:15– 4:30 p.m. Coffee Break


4:30– 5:00 p.m. Feedback Session 

MODERATED BY

Lauren Hughes, Deputy Director, Nuclear Energy Policy Initiative, Atlantic Council


5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Reception 

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