Maria Korsnick

Nuclear Energy Institute

President & Chief Executive Officer

Maria Korsnick is president and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute, the nuclear industry’s policy organization in Washington, D.C. Drawing on her engineering background, hands-on experience in reactor operations and a deep knowledge of energy policy and regulatory issues, Korsnick aims to increase understanding of nuclear energy’s economic and environmental benefits among policymakers and the public. Before joining NEI, she was senior vice president of Northeast Operations for Exelon, responsible for overseeing operation of the Calvert Cliffs 1 and 2, R.E. Ginna, and Nine Mile Point 1 and 2 nuclear power plants. Before Exelon, Korsnick served as chief nuclear officer (CNO) and acting chief executive officer at Constellation Energy Nuclear Group. She began her career at Constellation in 1986 and held positions of increasing responsibility, including engineer, operator, manager, site vice president, corporate vice president, and CNO. Korsnick holds a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Maryland, and has held a Senior Reactor Operator license. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.

Sessions With Maria Korsnick

Thursday, 10 March

  • 10:30am - 11:10am (CST) / 10/mar/2022 04:30 pm - 10/mar/2022 05:10 pm

    Nuclear's Role in Achieving Net Zero

    Panel Hydrogen/Clean Tech & Power

    Across the energy value chain, companies and governments are addressing the challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Nuclear power generation emits no greenhouse gases and can therefore be an important component in the drive toward reducing emissions and combatting climate change. However, nuclear power generation has encountered stubborn obstacles including delays and cost overruns, disposal of high-level waste, and fear of operating accidents. A combination of new technologies, smaller scale plants, and significant nuclear plant development in certain countries may be tipping the scales toward a nuclear renaissance. What are the promises and risks of nuclear power’s role in achieving net zero

  • 11:30am - 12:15pm (CST) / 10/mar/2022 05:30 pm - 10/mar/2022 06:15 pm

    NEI | Understanding Regulatory Risk for Advanced Nuclear Technologies

    Workshop Geopolitics/Policy/Regulatory Power & Renewables

    The nuclear industry is experiencing a wave of innovation. New designs are being brought to market with different configurations, fuels, and business cases by embracing the possibilities of new technologies and materials. A key step in commercializing these systems is receiving regulatory approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. This session will explain the regulatory process, the challenges and opportunities in navigating this process, as well as recent experiences of companies engaged in bringing new designs to the market.