Xcel Energy names Prairie Island site vice president


MINNEAPOLIS – Jim Lynch, vice president of assistance for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, today was named site vice president at Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant.

Lynch will begin transitioning into this new role immediately and will assume full responsibilities of the position effective Oct. 15. Acting Site Vice President Joel Sorensen will remain at Prairie Island after the transition to provide corporate oversight and support.

“We are fortunate to have secured Jim from INPO to serve as Prairie Island’s top executive,” said Acting Chief Nuclear Officer Tim O’Connor. “Jim’s depth of experience will be instrumental in supplementing Prairie Island’s existing management team and creating a sustainable and effective site leadership team that will position the site to pursue performance excellence.”

At INPO since 1988, Lynch has been responsible for assistance, the senior representative program, and organizational and human performance. He was elected INPO vice president in August 2010. Previous positions include director of corporate evaluations and deputy director of organizational effectiveness team managers.

INPO, sponsored by the commercial nuclear industry, is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the highest levels of safety and reliability in the operation of commercial nuclear power plants.

Prior to joining INPO, Lynch worked for Babcock & Wilcox. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.