Nuclear Energy Institute Personnel

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This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's focus on the fallout of nuclear "spin."

Key personnel of the U.S.-based Nuclear Energy Institute are listed below. This information is compiled from NEI press releases, but NEI has no complete personnel list or annual report on its website, so the following may not be 100% complete.

Current personnel

Board of Directors

Following NEI's 2009 Board elections: [1]

Executive Committee

Following NEI's 2009 elections: [1]

Previous personnel

NEI officers

  • Marvin S. Fertel, president and CEO, as of February 2009 (previously NEI's senior vice president and chief nuclear officer); [2]
  • Alex Flint, senior vice president; Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs – Joined April 2006, Former staff director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
  • Jay K. Thayer, vice president, nuclear operations. Thayer is a loaned executive from Entergy Nuclear and most recently served as site vice president at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station.
  • Anthony R. Pietrangelo, Angelina S. Howard and J. Scott Peterson, vice presidents;
  • Ellen C. Ginsberg, vice president, general counsel and secretary;
  • Phyllis M. Rich, vice president and treasurer; and
  • Lisa I. Steward, assistant secretary.
  • Robert Powers joined the Institute as senior director of legislative programs in July 2006. Powers was formerly the legislative director for the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department.

Directors Elected May 2006

  • Anthony F. Earley Jr. Chairman of NEI’s board of directors. DTE (Detroit Edison) Energy Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. DTE owns the Fermi 2 nuclear power station.
  • John W. Rowe, Vice Chairman of the NEI board of directors. Chairman and CEO of Exelon Corp. Exelon operates the largest nuclear fleet in the US, and the third largest in the world, with ten stations and 17 reactors. The stations are: Braidwood, Byron, Clinton, Dresden, LaSalle County, Limerick, Oyster Creek, Peach Bottom, Quad Cities, and Three Mile Island Unit 1. Exelon is a member of the NuStart consortium, which aims to obtain one of the new ‘streamlined’ combined Construction and Operating License (COL) for two selected reactor technologies.
  • Ronald E. Ault, president of the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO; America’s Trade Union Movement.
  • James J. Graham, president and chief executive officer, ConverDyn – a company which manufactures uranium hexafluoride.
  • William P. Hite, general president of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada.
  • John K. Welch, president and chief executive officer, USEC Inc. – a leading supplier of enriched uranium.
  • Richard Graves, senior executive, power services, Fluor Enterprises; The Fluor Corporation is one of the world's largest, engineering, procurement, construction, and maintenance services companies. It is particularly active in the nuclear decommissioning arena.
  • Louis E. Pardi, president and chief executive officer of power, Washington Group International Inc.; which provides engineering, construction, and management services. WGI says it has been involved in nuclear power generation since it started and has provided services to virtually every nuclear power station in the United States.
  • E. James Reinsch, president Bechtel Nuclear, Bechtel Power Corp. – another engineering, construction and management services company. The company says during 2005 it was “helping utilities plan for a new generation of nuclear plants”, including Constellation, Dominion, Southern, and Tennessee Valley Authority. It also has projects to replace aging components at power generating stations in Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Texas, and Arizona. Bechtel National, Inc., has joined forces with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to create BSC, which is now the prime contractor for the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump. It also has various nuclear decommissioning and clean-up projects including at Idaho National Laboratory, Hanford, Los Alamos, and Savannah River.
  • Dr. Kris P. Singh, president and chief executive officer, Holtec International. This company describes itself as a “provider of cutting edge technology and equipment to the global power industries”. The Company says it has provided spent fuel wet storage systems to over 80 nuclear plants in the U.S., Korea, Taiwan, Brazil, Britain, and Mexico. The company also provides dry storage systems.
  • Robert G. Van Adel, president and chief executive officer, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited; AECL says it is a “fully integrated nuclear technology and services company providing services to nuclear utilities worldwide”. It is a Canadian Government-owned company, which promotes its own reactor type – the CANDU and the Advanced CANDU Reactor (ACR).
  • Andrew C. White, president and chief executive officer, GE Energy, Nuclear. There are more than 90 of GE’s Boiling Water Reactors (BWR) operating worldwide. GE's Advanced BWR was the first advanced Generation III reactor design to be certified by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and four ABWR plants have been completed and put into commercial operation. GE Energy says it is preparing for a nuclear renaissance

GE is a member of the NuStart consortium, which aims to obtain one of the new ‘streamlined’ combined Construction and Operating License (COL) for two selected reactor technologies.

Directors Elected 2005 for Three Years

  • Dr. Lee Dodds, head of the Nuclear Engineering Department and IBM Professor of Engineering, University of Tennessee-Knoxville;
  • John A. Fees, president and chief operating officer, BWX Technologies Inc.; which describes itself as the Premier Manager of high consequence nuclear and national security operations.
  • A.W. Wendorf ('Bud'), chairman, president and chief executive officer, Sargent & Lundy LLC which provides comprehensive engineering, energy business consulting, and project services for new and operating fossil-fuel and nuclear power plants and power delivery systems.
  • George D. Turner, president and chief executive officer, American Nuclear Insurers; ANI’s purpose is to "pool" the financial assets pledged by "member" insurance companies to provide the significant amount of property and liability insurance we make available to nuclear power plants and related facilities throughout the world.
  • Robert E. Prince, president and chief executive officer, Duratek Inc. which “offers technologies, services and experience to safely, cost-effectively and securely handle radioactive materials disposition and environmental remediation”. The Company has been merged with Energy Solutions.

Directors Elected 2004 for Three Years

  • Dr. [[Charles W. Pryor Jr.]., president and chief executive officer, Urenco Inc. – the American arm of the Uranium Enrichment Company owned by Dutch German and UK Governments. Urenco’s Technology Group (ETC) owns the uranium centrifuge technology which it will supply to Areva, the French nuclear Group and the National Enrichment Facility in the United States.
  • Thomas A. Christopher, president and chief executive officer, AREVA Inc. – the American arm of the French reactor company.
  • Stephen R. Tritch, president and chief executive officer, Westinghouse Electric Co. The reactor vendor recently sold by BNFL to Toshiba.

NEI's Executive Committee

  • Thomas B. King, president and chief executive officer, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. – owner of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.
  • Lewis Hay III, chairman, president and chief executive officer, FPL Group Inc.(Florida Power and Light); The group owns four nuclear power plants: St Lucie, Turkey Point, Seabrook, and Duane Arnold. FPL is a member of the NuStart consortium, which aims to obtain one of the new ‘streamlined’ combined Construction and Operating License (COL) for two selected reactor technologies.
  • Robert B. McGehee, chairman and chief executive officer, Progress Energy Inc.; The Company owns four nuclear plants, Brunswick and Harris in North Carolina, Robinson in South Carolina and Crystal River in Florida. Progress Energy is a member of the NuStart consortium, which aims to obtain one of the new ‘streamlined’ combined Construction and Operating License (COL) for two selected reactor technologies.
  • William J. Post, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, Pinnacle West Capital Corp. Through its subsidiaries Pinnacle West generates, sells and delivers electricity and energy-related products and services in the western United States. Its largest affiliate is Arizona Public Service, which is the operator and co-owner of the Palo Verde Nuclear Station.
  • James B. Beasley Jr., president and chief executive officer, Southern Nuclear Operating Co. - a subsidiary of Southern Company – it is the licensed operator of 3 nuclear plants: Joseph M Farley nuclear plant (Alabama); Edwin I Hatch Nuclear Plant (Georgia) and Alvin W Vogtle Electric Generating Plant (Georgia) Southern Company is a member of the NuStart consortium, which aims to obtain one of the new ‘streamlined’ combined Construction and Operating License (COL) for two selected reactor technologies.
  • Michael B. Sellman, president and chief executive officer, Nuclear Management Co. LLC. NMC operates four nuclear plants in the Upper Midwest: Palisades, Michigan; Monticello and Prairie Island in Minnesota and Point Beach in Wisconsin. The plants are not owned by NMC - two are owned by Xcel Energy and the others have different owners.
  • Dr. Ruth G. Shaw, president, Duke Power Co.; (now Duke Energy) Duke Energy operates three nuclear power plants: Catawba and Oconee in South Carolina and McGuire in North Carolina. Duke Energy says it is considering building a new reactor in the Carolinas. Duke Energy is a member of the NuStart consortium, which aims to obtain one of the new ‘streamlined’ combined Construction and Operating License (COL) for two selected reactor technologies.
  • Gary J. Taylor, chief executive officer, Entergy Operations Inc. Entergy is America’s second largest nuclear operator with eleven reactors at nine plants: Arkansas Nuclear One Units 1 and 2 near; Grand Gulf, Mississippi; Cooper, Nebraska; Indian Point Units 2 & 3 New York; James A. FitzPatrick, New York; Pilgrim Massachusetts; River Bend Station, Louisiana; Vermont Yankee; Vermont; Waterford 3, Louisiana. Entergy Nuclear is a member of the NuStart consortium, which aims to obtain one of the new ‘streamlined’ combined Construction and Operating License (COL) for two selected reactor technologies.
  • Oliver D. Kingsley Jr., president and chief operating officer, Exelon Corp. and president and chief executive officer, Exelon Generation; Exelon operates the largest nuclear fleet in the US, and the third largest in the world, with ten stations and 17 reactors. The stations are: Braidwood, Byron, Clinton, Dresden, LaSalle County, Limerick, Oyster Creek, Peach Bottom, Quad Cities, Three Mile Island Unit 1. Exelon is a member of the NuStart Consortium which aims to obtain one of the new ‘streamlined’ combined Construction and Operating License (COL) for two selected reactor technologies.
  • Mark F. McGettrick, president and chief executive officer, generation, Dominion Energy; Dominion owns four nuclear stations: Kewaunee in Wisconsin; Millstone in Connecticut; North Anna and Surry in Virginia.
  • Mayo A. Shattuck III, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Constellation Energy Group Inc. Constellation has three nuclear facilities: Calvert Cliffs, Maryland; R.E. Ginna, and Nine Mile Point, New York; Constellation Energy is a member of the NuStart consortium, which aims to obtain one of the new ‘streamlined’ combined Construction and Operating License (COL) for two selected reactor technologies.

UniStar Nuclear – “pioneering a new era for nuclear power in America”- is jointly owned and operated by Constellation Energy and AREVA Inc.

Former staff

In November 2008, Frank L. "Skip" Bowman announced his resignation as NEI's president and CEO, saying his decision was based on "deliberation about the right course of leadership for our industry ... during this period of dramatic change in Congress and the White House." NEI executive vice-president Martin Fertel will lead the trade group during the transition. [3]

Articles and resources

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Press release, "NEI Elects Omaha Public Power’s Gates as Chairman, Progress Energy’s Johnson as Vice Chairman," Nuclear Energy Institute, May 18, 2009.
  2. Jim Snyder, "Nuclear group taps new CEO," The Hill, February 11, 2009.
  3. Kevin Bogardus, "Trade groups change leaders on K Street," The Hill, November 14, 2008.

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