EPRI researcher becomes policy vice president at NEI

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) has announced that Revis James, “a widely respected energy expert” with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has joined NEI as vice president for policy development and planning.

In this role, James will be responsible for providing policy leadership on financial, economic, tax, electricity market and environmental issues related to the nuclear energy industry, NEI said in an April 11 news release.

During his 23 years with EPRI, James held a series of roles leading development of research and development strategy. Most recently, James was senior technical executive in EPRI’s generation sector, where he led strategic research addressing the transition of the U.S. electricity generation portfolio to a new technology mix as a consequence of changing economic and policy conditions.

In 2015, GenerationHub covered a presentation that James made in Washington, D.C., on behalf of EPRI, on carbon capture for natural gas power plants. Likewise, in the fall of 2013, James discussed natural gas prices during a breakout session at POWER-GEN in Orlando, Florida.

James also served as director of the EPRI Energy Technology Assessment Center where he led a team performing research on electric sector technology challenges and development, including EPRI’s PRISM analyses of potential impacts of greenhouse gas reduction policies on the electric power sector.

For two years in the mid-2000s, James was based in Paris where he was responsible for development of a joint strategic research development program between EPRI and Electricité de France (EDF). He holds bachelor’s degrees in nuclear engineering, electrical engineering, and computer sciences and a master’s degree in nuclear engineering, all from the University of California, Berkeley.

James will succeed NEI Vice President Richard Myers, who is retiring at the end of 2016 after a 29-year career in the nuclear energy industry.

“Revis is one of those rare people who possess a unique combination of strategic vision, leadership skills and technical expertise. He joins the Nuclear Energy Institute in the midst of a vastly changing energy industry, and he has a deep grasp of the implications of these changes,” said Marvin Fertel, president and chief executive officer at NEI. “To that point, he will be a powerful voice and leader in the development of policies that help strengthen our nation with the large-scale, low-carbon electricity that nuclear energy facilities uniquely provide.”

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