The Generation Professionals Group is for utility professionals who work in biomass, coal, gas/oil, hydro, natural gas, or nuclear power generation fields. 


Advantages and Challenges of Nuclear Energy

Michael Cadden's picture
VP of International Operations Accelerant Solutions

Mike provides leadership and executive management expertise for Accelerant Solutions. Under his leadership, Accelerant provides a wide variety of consulting services, performance improvement...

  • Member since 2021
  • 4 items added with 306 views

Public education is still very much needed for the universal adoption of nuclear as a safe, reliable and carbon free base energy source. Accelerant is aware of the challenges facing the nuclear industry and is committed to doing our part to lower operating costs by creating and/or embracing new technologies and methodologies to make our clients more efficient and effective. #energy #nuclear #accelerant #innovation #carbonfootprint

Your access to Member Features is limited.

Michael Cadden's picture
Thank Michael for the Post!
Energy Central contributors share their experience and insights for the benefit of other Members (like you). Please show them your appreciation by leaving a comment, 'liking' this post, or following this Member.
More posts from this member


Spell checking: Press the CTRL or COMMAND key then click on the underlined misspelled word.
Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Jun 4, 2021

What are the right strategies for that education, in your opinion? Is it about meeting people where their fears/concerns are? Pointing to data/science? Getting thought leaders in public positions on board to help spread the message? 

Vince Bowen's picture
Vince Bowen on Jun 8, 2021

Michael, I don't oppose educating people on the safety of nuclear reactors. I do think that the real fear of nuclear energy by the public is emotional. Logic is not highly effective when emotions are involved. I feel we need to engage with people who understand how to persuade the public using emotional cues. I know this stands against almost everything we've tried in the past and, if we keep approaching this emotion the same way, we are doing the same thing over and over again and expecting to get different results.

Michael Cadden's picture
Michael Cadden on Jun 10, 2021

Vince, I do believe that we have to win the 'hearts and minds' of the general public to be successful in the long run.  Sustained safe performance is the key.  The Fukushima disaster set us back decades in the eyes of the world as far as 'safety' is concerned.  It is interesting to me that the Tsunami killed tens of thousands of people but people still pay a premium to live near the water.  People do not fear water, but they fear the unknown (nuclear).  People like us sharing the benefits and safety of nuclear is key, as well as support from our government and some positive press.


Get Published - Build a Following

The Energy Central Power Industry Network is based on one core idea - power industry professionals helping each other and advancing the industry by sharing and learning from each other.

If you have an experience or insight to share or have learned something from a conference or seminar, your peers and colleagues on Energy Central want to hear about it. It's also easy to share a link to an article you've liked or an industry resource that you think would be helpful.

                 Learn more about posting on Energy Central »