SCE elects Dietrich senior vice president, chief nuclear officer

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Rosemead, Calif., November 8, 2010 – The Southern California Edison board of directors has elected Peter Dietrich senior vice president and chief nuclear officer, effective Dec. 9.

In his new role, Dietrich will be responsible for all operational, engineering and regulatory aspects of the utility’s nuclear power program.

He succeeds Joe Sheppard, who was serving as interim chief nuclear officer following the departure of Ross Ridenoure, who stepped down Sept. 2.

“We are pleased to have Pete’s leadership of our nuclear power business at this important juncture in the 42-year history of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station,” said Al Fohrer, SCE chairman and chief executive officer. “We also are making significant capital investments in the plant as part of our ongoing responsibility to provide customers with clean, reliable power,” said Fohrer.

Dietrich came to Southern California Edison from Entergy Nuclear Operations where he was site vice president of the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Lycoming, New York. Dietrich’s responsibilities at the FitzPatrick plant included the safe, predictable and reliable operation of the facility by providing strategic guidance, direction and oversight of all aspects of plant operations, engineering, finance, training, corrective action, self-assessment, regulatory affairs and labor relations.

Dietrich has 19 years experience in the commercial nuclear power industry preceded by five years of service in the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Power Program.

“We are grateful for the interim leadership Joe Sheppard has provided and for his continuing availability as an advisor to us on nuclear matters,” said Fohrer.

Dietrich holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Tulane University.

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