Pillsbury partner and Energy section leader Jeffery Merrifield chaired the U.S. Civilian Delegation at the Clean Energy Ministerial 10 in Vancouver last week. The 17-member delegation organized by the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council included representatives from leading U.S. companies including GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy, NuScale Power, ARC Nuclear, Terrestrial Energy, X-energy, Burns and McDonnell and Curtiss-Wright as well as ClearPath Foundation, a not-for-profit dedicated to accelerating conservative clean energy solutions.

The focus of the Merrifield-led delegation included bilateral discussions with Canada, United Kingdom, South Korea and Nuclear Energy Agency delegations as well as participation in a Generation IV International Forum meeting. The group also participated in the Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future (NICE Future) initiative during the three-day mission. NICE Future is a new international campaign promoting inclusion of nuclear energy in global discussions on clean energy.

The Clean Energy Ministerial is a high-level global forum to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technology, to share lessons learned and best practices, and to encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy. Initiatives are based on areas of common interest among participating governments and other stakeholders. The event, as well as a companion Mission Innovation meeting, connected 26 Minister-level government officials—representing over 90 percent of total global energy consumption—with corporate leaders, international organizations, investors and researchers working on innovative technologies for a clean energy future.

Merrifield’s practice focuses on energy regulatory issues, particularly in connection with the nuclear sector and advanced reactor technology. As a former Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1998-2007), he championed the NRC’s efforts to risk-inform regulations and prepare the agency for potential new power reactor applications. Merrifield currently serves as the Chairman of the Advanced Reactor Task Force of the Nuclear Infrastructure Council.