EnergySourceJun 17, 2020
Innovation can break the gridlock on nuclear waste
By Michelle Brechtelsbauer
Innovation has always been a key tenet of the nuclear power industry. With scientific consensus building that nuclear power must play a significant role in mitigating climate change, there has been renewed focus on fuel design and fuel cycle research to support the next generation of nuclear technology. This attention also creates an opportunity to reinvigorate innovation on back-end technologies that may prove to be the key to circumventing the longtime political impasse on nuclear waste.
Diversity, Equity, and InclusionApr 8, 2020
Atlantic Council Announces 2020-2021 Women Leaders in Energy Fellowship Class
WASHINGTON, DC – April 8, 2020 – The Atlantic Council Global Energy Center announced today the selection of its 2020-2021 class of fellows for its Women Leaders in Energy Fellowship. The Fellowship is a one-year, nonresident program for early to mid-career rising women leaders in the energy and climate field with an interest in policy. […]
Michelle Brechtelsbauer has spent her career leveraging her background in engineering research and expertise in science policy to accelerate deployment of carbon-negative energy technologies. She is the director of stakeholder relations at the Energy Impact Center, a DC-based research institute that encourages nuclear energy deployment as a means to rapidly decarbonize global energy production and increase access to clean, affordable power.
Michelle previously worked as a policy analyst at the Science and Technology Policy Institute and served under the Obama administration’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, coordinating energy and environmental policy among federal scientific agencies. Michelle holds an MPP from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Alabama.