EnergySourceFeb 11, 2022
Building on US advanced reactor demonstration momentum: Federal power purchase agreements
By Matt Bowen
The Tennessee Valley Authority’s recent announcement regarding the Clinch River site adds momentum to the US effort to demonstrate advanced reactors. There is, however, another policy lever at the federal level that could help to support some of these projects and still has not been utilized: federal power purchase agreements.
EnergySourceOct 7, 2020
Strengthening cooperation with allies could help the United States lead in exporting carbon-free nuclear energy
By Matt Bowen, Jennifer T. Gordon, Jackie (Kempfer) Siebens
Driven in part by concerns over climate change, nuclear energy is receiving renewed attention. In order for the United States to meet growing international demand for nuclear reactors—rather than ceding the mantle of global exports to Russia and China—the United States will need to increase coordination with its allies in commercializing advanced reactors and streamlining relevant interagency processes.
Matt Bowen is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center and a research scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University focusing on nuclear energy, waste, and nonproliferation policy. Previously, he was a nuclear policy fellow at the Clean Air Task Force, focusing on nuclear energy and nonproliferation topics. He also served as a senior policy fellow at the Nuclear Innovation Alliance, where he wrote reports on small modular reactors and nuclear export control reform. From 2015 to 2017, he was an associate deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Nuclear Energy at the US Department of Energy (DOE). Bowen was a senior advisor in the Office of Nonproliferation and Arms Control at the National Nuclear Security Administration from 2011 to 2015. Previous to working at DOE, he was an AAAS/APS science fellow for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. After receiving a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2006, Bowen came to Washington to work at the National Academies, where he was a program officer on the Board on Physics and Astronomy and the Board on Energy and Environmental Studies.