DTE hires Navy vet to head Fermi 2 nuclear plant

DTE Energy has named a Navy veteran and longtime industry leader as its new chief nuclear officer.

Peter Dietrich is responsible for overall operations at the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant. The Fermi 2 is a 1,200-MW facility along the shore of Lake Erie in southern Michigan.

Prior to joining Detroit-based DTE, Dietrich was chief nuclear officer for the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp. and Nawah Energy Co. He also worked in leadership roles for Southern Edison, including chief nuclear officer.

Other nuclear plants where Dietrich served in executive levels include the James A. Fitzgerald and Pilgrim stations.

Dietrich succeeds Paul Fessler, who has served at DTE for more than 41 years. Fessler will remain at DTE to serve as an adviser to Dietrich during the transition.

“Peter’s extensive experience and knowledge of the nuclear industry, along with his proven leadership at other nuclear power plants, will ensure Fermi 2 continues to generate clean, reliable power for our customers to the high standards of nuclear excellence,” said Jerry Norcia, chief executive officer, DTE Energy. “And, given Paul’s decades of leadership with the company and in the industry, he will continue to serve as an invaluable resource to Peter during the transition.”

Dietrich, a U.S. Navy veteran, earned a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he graduated with merit. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from Tulane University.

“I’m excited and grateful for this opportunity and look forward to serving our customers and the nuclear professionals at Fermi 2,” Dietrich said. “As chief nuclear officer, my focus is to continue Fermi’s commitment to the health and safety of the public through service excellence, and that commitment will never waver.”  

Fermi 2, located in Newport, Michigan, employs 900 people.

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