Tim O’Connor is senior vice president and chief nuclear officer for Xcel Energy. He is responsible for the Xcel nuclear strategic direction, business plans, finance, and operations in the various operating jurisdictions for the company. Currently that includes corporate, the operations of the Monticello and Prairie Island nuclear generating plants, as well as the decommissioning and nuclear fuel storage outside of Minnesota.
O’Connor joined Xcel Energy in 2007 as site vice president at the Monticello plant. Between 2007 and 2012, the site was recognized by the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations for exemplary plant operations. In June 2012 he was appointed vice president of corporate engineering/nuclear regulatory compliance and licensing for the nuclear fleet.
He has over 34 years of commercial nuclear experience with both boiling water and pressurized water reactors. He has served as site vice president at Constellation Energy Group’s Nine Mile Point station in New York, and has held vice presidential roles at the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) for the Hope Creek and Salem plants. Other roles he held were with Exelon as plant manager at the LaSalle station, operations manager at the Dresden and Zion plants, and other senior management positions in maintenance, operations, and engineering. O’Connor held a position with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) as a nuclear plant evaluation team manager on a reverse loaned assignment.
O'Connor received his mechanical engineering degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee and has completed executive business programs with the Chicago Kellogg School of Business. O'Connor serves on the USA board of directors, chairman of EPRI and NEI industry high level waste management (nuclear fuel) committees, and the board of directors for the Monticello community Economic Development group.
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