Ed Halpin, a 30-year veteran of the nuclear power industry, has been named senior vice president and chief nuclear officer at PG&E.
Halpin’s primary responsibility will be overseeing the continued safe, efficient, and reliable operations of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant (DCPP) in San Luis Obispo County and the decommissioning of Humboldt Bay Power Plant.
He will also serve as the utility’s lead contact with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations.
“Ed is a well-respected leader in the industry,” said Marvin S. Fertel, president and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute in Washington, D.C. “Under his direction, South Texas Nuclear Operating Company has been recognized as a leader in safety while reliably producing electricity at industry-leading levels.”
Halpin comes to PG&E from his current position as president, CEO, and chief nuclear officer at STP Nuclear Operating Company in Bay City, Texas.
“Ed Halpin is an exceptional industry leader who has amassed an impressive safety and performance record in leading nuclear operations,” said Chris Johns, PG&E’s president. “His drive for excellence will serve PG&E and its customers well as he takes on his responsibilities as our chief nuclear officer.”
His appointment comes as the PG&E seeks to renew Diablo Canyon Power Plant’s two operating licenses. He replaces John Conway, senior vice president of energy supply, who will remain as Halpin’s boss.
PG&E officials said they look forward to Halpin joining the company in April. He will be based full time at Diablo Canyon Power Plant concentrating solely on leading the utility’s nuclear program.
“Ed’s drive for elevating and sustaining plant performance will help our organization manage the growing demands at Diablo Canyon due to industry-wide policy changes, new regulatory requirements, and post-Fukushima activities,” said Conway.
Halpin has a combined nearly 30 years of experience at STP Nuclear Operating Company (STP) and with the U.S Navy’s nuclear submarine service. He served in a variety of positions at the South Texas-based company — from startup engineer to site vice president – and served five years in the U.S. Navy.
Halpin said he is looking forward to starting his new career at PG&E.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to join an outstanding organization at PG&E,” said Halpin. “PG&E has a strong history of customer service and performance, and a great culture of collaboration. I look forward to joining the team and to the opportunities ahead.”
Halpin holds a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and master of science degrees from Seton Hall University and Fielding Graduate University. He is also a graduate of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations Senior Nuclear Plant Manager course.