KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Valley Authority veteran James R. “Bob” Dalrymple has been named senior vice president of coal and gas operations, reporting to Chief Generation Officer Chip Pardee.
Dalrymple, who most recently served as vice president of TVA’s gas operations, will oversee the low-cost and reliable operations of TVA’s more than 150 coal, combined cycle gas, and simple cycle gas units.
“Bob is known for his strong focus on TVA power customers, which is vital at a time when families, regional industries and local power companies are relying on low-cost electricity that improves our daily lives and contributes to economic success,” Pardee said. “Combining our gas and coal units under a central leader supports our ‘one fleet’ approach to power generation. This allows us to more efficiently operate our assets in a time of soft load growth, higher fuel and commodity costs, and stringent environmental standards.”
Under Dalrymple’s leadership, TVA’s gas units set records for total generation, unit starts and unit availability in 2012. He is a vocal champion of TVA’s safety priority as a leader of an expanding behavioral centered safety program.
Dalrymple has more than 25 years of utility experience in power generation, system operations and transmission delivery. He joined TVA in 1990 as an electrical engineer in Transmission and Customer Service. Before leading TVA’s 9,000-megawatt gas operations, he served in transmission maintenance, customer service and system operations roles. Dalrymple earned his electrical engineering degree from the University of Alabama.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.