TVA names Exelon veteran as its new chief nuclear officer

The Tennessee Valley Authority said July 9 that Joseph “Joe” Grimes is the new executive vice president and chief nuclear officer of TVA.

Grimes will report to Charles “Chip” Pardee, executive vice president and chief generation officer, and be responsible for leading, operating and optimizing TVA’s nuclear fleet as part of TVA’s balanced portfolio of nuclear, gas, coal and renewable power generation.

“Joe is an excellent addition to TVA and the right person to lead our nuclear fleet as we drive operational excellence throughout the organization,” Pardee said. “His expansive industry experience, along with his strong leadership skills, will benefit our company, our employees and our customers as we focus on safely delivering low cost, cleaner energy to the people of the Valley.”

Currently senior vice president of Engineering and Technical Services for Exelon Nuclear, Grimes will replace Preston Swafford, TVA executive vice president and chief nuclear officer, who is retiring. He will relocate to Chattanooga, Tenn., and work closely with Swafford to ensure a smooth transition.

Grimes has more than 30 years of experience in operations, maintenance and engineering management and support of nuclear generating stations. His prior leadership roles include executive assignments at the plant, regional operating group and corporate fleet levels. In addition to his operating management experience, Grimes has held positions on the Electric Power Research Institute Nuclear Power Council, Boiling Water Reactor Owners Group Executive Council and the Drexel University Engineering Advisory Board.

TVA’s nuclear plants contribute about 6,600 MW to the power grid. About 30% of TVA’s power supply comes from its three nuclear plants: Browns Ferry, near Athens, Ala.; Sequoyah, in Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.; and Watts Bar, near Spring City, Tenn. Its major nuclear projects include the completion of the long-shelved Watts Bar Unit 2 and Bellefonte Unit 1.

Said the TVA website about Bellefonte: “On Aug. 18, 2011, the TVA board of directors approved the completion of Bellefonte Nuclear Plant Unit 1 in Hollywood, Ala. Construction will start after the design phase is completed and after Watts Bar Unit 2, now being built, completes its first fuel load. When it begins commercial operation Bellefonte’s 1,260 megawatt reactor will be the largest in TVA’s nuclear fleet.”

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