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U.S. Nuclear Technology: The Right Choice

The global nuclear energy sector will descend upon Paris next week for the World Nuclear Exhibition, at the home of the famed Paris Air Show in Le Bourget. Under the leadership of the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council, NEI and other American companies (including AREVA, CB&I, Westinghouse, NuScale Power and GE Hitachi) will represent U.S. nuclear products and technology to an energy hungry world where nuclear energy will need to play a vital role.

In a forum such as this, it is particularly important that the U.S. turn up with our "A" game, if for no other reason than to reinforce the fact that U.S. nuclear technology is still the world leader. American ingenuity led the way in establishing the world’s largest and safest nuclear energy program. As we complete construction of five new reactors this decade and gear up for deployment of SMRs in the next, it is important to communicate to global suppliers that we are still going strong. That is exactly what NEI's Dan Lipman and Georgia Public Service Commission's Tim Echols will be doing when they speak during a special afternoon session on new generation U.S. technology on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Other industry experts we can expect to hear from are Bill Von Hoene (Exelon Corp.) and Bill Magwood (outgoing NRC commissioner and incoming Head of OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency).

The U.S. Department of Commerce values the global nuclear market at over $740 billion over the next decade and U.S. suppliers are determined to capture a significant portion of that business. Reinforcing our connection with today’s key civil nuclear market players, old and new, will be the path forward to seeing a 21st century nuclear renaissance at home and globally.

Beyond communicating the merits of American-made technology and best practices in regulation, NEI will be there to promote worldwide membership and best-in-class service to our members. Make sure to check in with us on Facebook and Twitter next week as we post live from the American Pavilion - C32, to the left of the hall entrance!

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