WASHINGTON—Alex Flint today joined the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the U.S. nuclear energy industry’s policy organization, as senior vice president for governmental affairs. Flint formerly was staff director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Flint replaces John E. Kane, who had served as NEI’s top governmental affairs officer since 1997, including the last five years as senior vice president. Kane, who announced his retirement last year, remains with NEI through a brief transition period.
“Alex is widely recognized as one of Washington’s preeminent nuclear policy experts. He has been a leader in recognizing nuclear power’s important position in the electricity sector today and the expanded role it should play in our energy and environmental policy for future generations,” said Anthony F. Earley Jr., NEI chairman and chairman and chief executive officer at DTE Energy. “We are delighted to have him lead our governmental affairs division.”
“Working daily with Senator Pete Domenici, Alex has played a vital role in developing a bold future for nuclear energy in America,” said Frank L. “Skip” Bowman, president and chief executive officer at NEI. “Alex brings outstanding leadership to the industry’s government affairs programs at a time of great opportunity for growth in nuclear energy development in the United States and abroad.”
“We will miss John Kane. He has represented our industry with honesty and integrity,” Bowman added. “In looking for someone to lead our governmental affairs division, we looked for a person willing to adopt the same honest, on-the-table approach; a person able to explain our policy issues clearly; and a person who has a deep understanding of the issues facing this industry. We found that rare combination in Alex Flint.”
Flint was a key advisor to Sen. Domenici during Senate consideration and passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and he has managed a staff of 30 on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee since 2003.
Flint also served as a private consultant and partner at Johnston and Associates, was clerk on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development for four years (1996-2000) and a legislative assistant to Sen. Domenici for six years (1990-96).
As the Energy and Water Development subcommittee clerk, Flint was responsible for the annual budgets totaling approximately $21 billion annually for the Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission and several other federal agencies.
He was also the principal Senate staff member responsible for the Russian Highly Enriched Uranium Agreement, creation of the National Nuclear Security Administration and oversight of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The Nuclear Energy Institute is the nuclear energy industry’s policy organization. This news release and additional information about nuclear energy are available on NEI’s Internet site at http://www.nei.org.