Entergy Corp. announced that Charlie Arnone, the company’s top official at the nuclear-powered Palisades generating plant in Covert, Michigan, is retiring after a 43-year career in the industry.
Darrell Corbin, currently the general manager of plant operations at the 800-MW Palisades facility, will take over Arnone’s role of site vice president, effective August 5. Dale Lucy, assistant general manager, plant operations will assume the role of general manager, plant operations at Palisades, reporting to Corbin.
Throughout his career, Arnone has held various positions in the nuclear industry, beginning with eight years in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power program. Prior to becoming site vice president at Palisades, Arnone served the entire Entergy nuclear fleet as general manager of operations support and then as interim vice president, operations support, as well as the director of nuclear safety assurance at Palisades.
“My congratulations to Charlie Arnone for nearly 43 years of stellar results and outstanding leadership in the nuclear industry, and for doing an excellent job as site vice president at Palisades for the past three years,” said Entergy Chief Nuclear Officer Chris Bakken. “Charlie is a visionary leader who constantly strives for excellence, and always puts the needs of his team first. While we will miss Charlie as a key leader in our fleet, we wish him and his family all the best as he retires.”
Corbin began his nuclear career 33 years ago, after serving a decade in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power program. He first joined the Palisades team in 1996 as a nuclear plant operator.
Lucy also began his nuclear career in the United States Navy. In 1997, he became a nuclear plant operator at Palisades and over the past 22 years, has held various positions across many disciplines at the plant.
The Palisades Power Plant employs about 600 workers and began generating electricity in 1971. The plant generates 800 MW of virtually carbon-free electricity, enough to power more than 800,000 homes.
Entergy is planning to close the Palisades nuclear plant, but will keep it operating at least until 2022.
New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. owns and operates about 30,000 MW of generating capacity, including 9,000 MW of nuclear power. Entergy is host utility for POWERGEN International, happening Nov. 19-21 in New Orleans.