"Global nuclear energy expert talks with officials here" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Deputy Director General Mikhail Chudakov (center), head of IAEA’s Department of Nuclear Energy and Safety, makes a point during a breakfast meeting with local business and government leaderes. To his left is Al Capristo, with STP, while Jac Goodman, with the Department of Energy is on his right.

  A top-ranking member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited with local business and government leaders in an informational breakfast at 9ers Mondays, April 8.  
   Deputy Director General Mikhail Chudakov, head of IAEA’s Department of Nuclear Energy and Safety, listened as the group told him about the impact STP has on the local economy and community.  
   Chudakov represents the Vienna, Austria-based agency that promotes the peaceful use of nuclear energy – and its development - among member states.  
   Educated in nuclear engineering, Chudakov held management positions with Russian nuclear plants and rose to Director of the Moscow Centre of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) before joining IAEA.  
   Jackson Electric Cooperative General Manager Jim Coleman told Chudakov about STP’s substantial contribution to the base load of the Texas power grid.  
   Coleman noted that while wind and solar power are important, they’re also intermittent – limited to when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing – and that underscores STP’s importance 24/7 to the state electric power network ERCOT.  
   While environmentalists praise wind and solar as carbon-free power sources, the same holds true for nuclear energy, Coleman said.   
   He mentioned that environmentalists generally don’t consider nuclear power as a green-energy source.  

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