Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE/MP Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs


Nuclear Economics Finding a Path Forward


Harsh Desai


Nuclear Energy Institute


Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 11:00:00 AM


Room https://bluejeans.com/305483895


Dr. Chaitanya S Deo


Nuclear energy supplies nearly 20 percent of all of our domestic electricity generation, and more than 55 percent of carbon free generation. Nuclear power plants supply the baseload, always available emissions free electricity, while providing significant benefits to regional economies. So why are we seeing these plants shut down? This presentation will focus on the economics of nuclear power. Discussion will revolve around various revenue models for current and future nuclear plants, including regulated and wholesale markets, and opportunities for nuclear to thrive.


In his current capacity as a Senior Manager at Nuclear Energy Institute, he is responsible for financial modeling, economic impacts, policy development, business strategy, and data analytics. Harsh is the lead for the Nuclear Innovation Week, an annual week long program in Washington, DC. In his previous role at the Department of Energy, he was an Advisor to the Technology to Market Director, focused on commercializing clean energy technologies through innovative programs and partnerships between the National Labs and private industry. Harshs past roles include Consultant to the General Manager and Directors of the Naval Nuclear Laboratory previously known as Knolls and Bettis Atomic Power Labs, Legislative Advisor to a senior U.S. Senator 2014 ANS Congressional Fellow, Senior Nuclear Engineer at Knolls Atomic Power Lab, and Nuclear Engineer at GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy. Harsh has an MBA from New York Universitys Stern Business School, along with BS and MS in Nuclear Engineering from NC State University.Harsh is an active member within the community. He was recently elected and started his term on the American Nuclear Society Board of Directors. Harsh enjoys going on adventures, such as chasing tornadoes, being an avid photographer, traveling, and brewing beer.