SENIOR ENERGY ANALYST
THE BREAKTHROUGH INSTITUTE
Jessica Lovering will highlight the work she’s done over the past three years at the Breakthrough Institute - a paradigm-shifting environmental think tank - to engage the environmental community around the benefits of nuclear power and to understand the challenges nuclear power faces in the modern energy system. Her research focuses on innovation policy to accelerate the deployment of advanced nuclear power technologies as well as analysis of energy transitions and decarbonization more broadly to understand how nuclear power plays a major role in reducing pollution, sparing land, and modernizing economies. All of her work contributes to the broader Breakthrough Institute mission: “to accelerate the transition to a future where all the world’s inhabitants can enjoy secure, free, and prosperous lives on an ecologically vibrant planet."
Jessica Lovering is a Senior Energy Analyst at the Breakthrough Institute, a non-profit think tank based in Oakland, California. Her research focuses on nuclear power’s role in mitigating climate change and powering modern economies. In 2013, she co-authored the report How to Make Nuclear Cheap, which analyzed the potential of advanced nuclear designs to improve the safety and economics of nuclear power. Her analysis for the Breakthrough Institute has included research into national decarbonization scenarios, global energy trends, nuclear innovation, and the climate effects of nuclear power phase-outs. Jessica earned an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder, with a focus on energy policy. During her last year of school, Jessica created and taught a graduate course on nuclear energy.