Third Way Applauds the Nomination of Dr. Rita Baranwal as Assistant Secretary of Nuclear Energy at the Department of Energy
Third Way’s Clean Energy Program released the following statement regarding the nomination and upcoming confirmation hearing of Dr. Rita Baranwal as Assistant Secretary of Nuclear Energy at the Department of Energy:
Washington, DC - Third Way’s Clean Energy Program applauds Dr. Rita Baranwal’s nomination as Assistant Secretary of Nuclear Energy at the Department of Energy (DOE). Dr. Baranwal is a passionate advocate for clean energy innovation with an impressive depth of professional experience in the nuclear sector, and a thorough understanding of the role nuclear energy can play in solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
Dr. Baranwal has been a leader in nuclear innovation from within government and the private sector, including her role as Director of Technology Development at Westinghouse Electric Company. As Director of DOE’s Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative, Dr. Baranwal has maximized the impact of federal investments in clean energy innovation by helping private sector innovators get access to world-class research facilities and expertise at the national labs. Her commitment to public-private partnerships has moved innovative nuclear technologies faster and further toward commercial markets and enhanced America’s status as a leader in nuclear energy.
Dr. Baranwal has demonstrated a keen awareness of the importance of nuclear leadership in advancing national priorities like economic competitiveness and global security. Dr. Baranwal has also openly acknowledged the enormous challenge of climate change and worked to develop innovative, carbon-free technologies that could become part of the solution. She has the technical expertise to identify how the Department of Energy can accelerate nuclear innovation, and the clear vision and courage to remind this administration why it should.
If confirmed, Dr. Rita Baranwal's longstanding commitment to nuclear advancement will be an important and resoundingly positive asset for the United States to advance clean energy goals and nuclear competitiveness. Third Way’s Clean Energy Program wishes her luck through the confirmation process and, pending confirmation, in her new role.