FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. (FENOC), a unit of FirstEnergy Corp., has named Ernest J. Harkness site vice president at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio. Harkness replaces Vito Kaminskas, who has elected to retire following 38 years in the nuclear industry.
In this position, he is responsible for overall management, direction and coordination of operation of the Perry Plant.
A seasoned nuclear industry veteran, Harkness was formerly site vice president at Exelon Corp.’s Oyster Creek Generating Station in Forked River, New Jersey, and was vice president of special projects for Exelon Corp.
In addition, Harkness has served as a power generation consultant, where he provided independent oversight, review and improvement initiatives at U.S. and international nuclear facilities, and as a loaned executive to the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations.