Nearly Nuclear: A Mismanaged Energy Transition – From OLLI talk to Published Book

  • Thu, January 20, 2022
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
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Nearly Nuclear: A Mismanaged Energy Transition released by Michigan State University Press in September of 2021 is the story of Consumers Power’s unsuccessful attempt to build two large nuclear reactors at their Midland Plant. Consumers cancelled the Midland Plant in 1984 after spending $4.1 billion. The author of this book, Lee Smith, will tell the story of this boondoggle as well as how he was able to write, then obtain a publisher for his book. Lee’s story will be of interest to anyone who has ever thought about publishing a nonfiction book. Who knows, it may spark your creative side to start writing.

Lee Smith served in the U.S. Navy as an engineering officer and then earned a master of science degree in geology. Lee spent his entire career in the energy industry serving as vice president of Energy Supply and Marketing at a Midland firm before starting his own consulting firm, Optimal Value Energy. He has served on the Michigan Public Service Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He had many published articles before writing his book.

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