NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 9, 2002 — Donald C. Hintz, president of the Entergy Corp., has been elected chairman of one of the nuclear industry’s leading policy organizations, the Nuclear Energy Institute.
Hintz, who had been vice chairman of the NEI board, was selected as the new chairman of the organization’s board of directors and executive committee following Chris Poindexter’s retirement as chairman of both Constellation Energy Group and NEI.
“This is a significant period of revival for the nuclear industry, as we look ahead to a new generation of plants that can support the energy needs and environmental interests of our nation,” Hintz commented. “I’m pleased to continue to be a part of the vital work being done by the Nuclear Energy Institute in shaping U.S. energy security.”
J. Wayne Leonard, Entergy’s chief executive officer, agreed. “There is no better person than Don to lead NEI’s many initiatives. He is a ‘hands-on’ executive whose vision for the industry spans several decades, and continues to help shape the success not only of Entergy Corporation but of the nation’s nuclear program.”
As president of Entergy Corporation, Hintz is responsible for the company’s 30,000 megawatts of generation assets, including 73 gas/oil-fired plants, 10 nuclear plants, six coal-fired plants, and a growing portfolio of renewable power sources such as hydro, thermal and wind generation. In addition, he oversees 18,000 miles of transmission lines and power services including nuclear plant decommissioning and license renewal.
From 1966 to 1971, Hintz was a member of the U.S. Navy nuclear program. He began his industry career with the Wisconsin Public Service Corporation at its Kewaunee nuclear plant, where he held numerous positions before being named senior vice president – power production, responsible for all generation for the company.
He joined the Entergy system in 1989 as executive vice president and chief operating officer of System Energy Resources, Inc. In 1992 he was named president and chief executive officer of Entergy Operations, Inc., Entergy Corporation’s nuclear management company. His other Entergy roles have included president and chief executive officer of Entergy’s unregulated nuclear management and services company and positions on the boards of directors of several other Entergy subsidiary companies. He is now on the boards of Entergy-Koch, EntergyShaw and the Entergy Charitable Foundation.
Outside the company, Hintz also has served as a director and executive committee member of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, and was formerly on the Accrediting Board of the National Academy Nuclear Training. He is also a director of the American Nuclear Society, Southeastern Electric Exchange and Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited. He received the American Nuclear Society’s 1995 Utility Leadership Award, given to recognize those professionals in the industry who have assumed and demonstrated a leadership role in rapidly changing times of competition, regulatory change and cost effectiveness.
Entergy is a major global energy company with power production, distribution operations and related diversified services. Entergy owns, manages or invests in power plants generating more than 30,000 megawatts of electricity domestically and internationally, and delivers electricity to about 2.6 million customers in portions of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Through Entergy-Koch, L.P., it is also a leading provider of wholesale energy marketing and trading services.
The nuclear businesses of Entergy Corporation are headquartered in Jackson, Miss. Entergy Nuclear is the second largest and fastest growing operator of nuclear power plants in the nation. It operates five reactors at four locations in Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana under regulatory jurisdictions and an additional five reactors at four merchant sites in Massachusetts, New York and Vermont. Entergy Nuclear also is the nation’s largest provider of license renewal and decommissioning services to the nuclear power industry.
Entergy’s online address is www.entergy.com.
Source: Entergy Corporation