The Nuclear Energy Institute’s (NEI) “Delivering the Nuclear Promise” initiative was launched in December 2015 with the goal of increasing efficiency across the nuclear industry in order to ensure its long-term viability. With more than a
year of evidence, it’s clear the initiative is working. According to a February speech from
NEI President Maria Korsnick, the program’s efforts identified $650 million in potential
savings that could be realized through new programs and processes in 2016. Additionally, people from across the industry collaborated to produce 46 efficiency bulletins which
outline efficiency improvements across all aspects of nuclear plant operations. Korsnick
said that 95 percent of those recommendations are being implemented across the industry.
As encouraging as the program has been, there is still significant work left to do.
Engaging suppliers will be crucial to the initiative’s ultimate success. Last June, as part
of an effort to reach out, industry leaders met with a group of suppliers to provide
more information about how the initiative works. While it was an important gesture,
suppliers cannot wait for nuclear utilities to engage them. A proactive approach to
helping to deliver the nuclear promise is needed. Here are some initiatives that
industry suppliers can take.
SHARE IMPROVEMENT OPPORTUNITY IDEAS
NEI has set-up a mechanism for suppliers to participate in the nuclear promise initiative
by submitting improvement opportunity
ideas. This is the most obvious way for
suppliers to help and they should take
advantage of it early and often. That’s
because they are in a unique position to
make recommendations. Suppliers often
work at multiple sites and with multiple
utility companies from across the industry.
Many suppliers have been in the industry
for decades and have
seen what works and
what doesn’t work when
it comes to efficiently
Suppliers must leverage
their experiences and
identify new ways to
bring value to nuclear
plant operations by
passing on what they
have learned and making
sure best practices are
incorporated into all of
the projects they work on.
This, accompanied with
a detailed, well-executed
change management plan
is critical to success.
BE A PARTNER, NOT
It’s one thing to share
ideas, but if those ideas
are to be incorporated
effectively, there must be an increase in
collaboration between both utilities and
suppliers. They must work together at the
site and f leet levels to understand the unique
context of the challenges utilities face and
to identify opportunities for efficiencies
savings, and innovations throughout the
value chain. While suppliers and utilities
always work together to complete projects,
the level of collaboration can vary.
Suppliers are not always brought in
How Suppliers Can Help Deliver the Nucl
By Michael P. McMahon
Watts Bar Nuclear Plant is on 1,700 acres on the northern end of the Chickamauga Reservoir near Spring City, in East Tennessee. Each unit
produces about 1,150 megawatts of electricity—enough to service 650,000 homes—without creating any carbon emissions.