WASHINGTON—Alex Flint, staff director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, will be named senior vice president for governmental affairs at the Nuclear Energy Institute.
Flint will join NEI on or before April 30, 2006. His appointment will be subject to approval by the NEI Executive Committee at its Feb. 1, 2006 meeting.
Flint will replace John E. Kane, who earlier this year announced that he is retiring from NEI. Kane has served as NEI’s top governmental affairs officer since 1997, including the last five years as senior vice president.
“Alex 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, NEI chairman and chairman and chief executive officer at DTE Energy. “He is widely recognized as one of the preeminent nuclear policy experts on Capitol Hill.”
“Senator Pete Domenici has led the rejuvenation of nuclear energy in the policymaker community, and Alex has played a leading role in developing a bold initiative for the future of nuclear energy in America,” said Frank L. Bowman, president and chief executive officer at NEI.
“Alex has developed the support necessary among both Democrats and Republicans to increase funding for nuclear energy research and development and for enacting provisions in the Energy Policy Act that will provide investment incentives and other policy direction for building new nuclear power plants,” he said.
“We will miss John Kane. He has represented our industry with honesty and integrity for so many years,” 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, which are important to our nation’s future. 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 for a total of three years beginning in 2000. He was clerk on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development for four years (1996-2000) and was 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 reform 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.