Duke Energy hires new leader for fossil power plants, hydropower

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Regis Repko, Duke Energy's senior vice president of nuclear governance, projects and engineering, has been named the company's senior vice president and chief fossil/hydro officer, effective April 1, 2016.

Repko succeeds Charlie Gates, who announced his retirement earlier this month.

"Regis' 30 years of experience in managing multiple generation sites, engineering, project leadership and governance will further enhance our existing generation expertise and position us for future success," said Dhiaa Jamil, executive vice president and president of regulated generation and transmission.

As chief fossil/hydro officer, Repko will be responsible for the operation of the company's regulated fossil/hydro generation fleet in six states, including outage and maintenance services.

In this capacity, Repko will help shape the company's future generation strategy as Duke Energy rebalances its fossil, nuclear and renewable generation portfolio to reduce carbon emissions and reliably meet the needs of its customers.

Prior to assuming his current position in September 2014, Repko served as senior vice president of nuclear operations, where he provided oversight for several Duke Energy-operated nuclear plants, including Harris near New Hill, N.C., Brunswick near Southport, N.C., Oconee in Seneca, S.C., and Crystal River 3 in Crystal River, Fla.

Prior to that, he served as site vice president of Duke Energy's McGuire Nuclear Station in Huntersville, N.C.

Repko joined the company in 1985 as a junior engineer at Oconee Nuclear Station and has held a variety of engineering and leadership assignments throughout his career.

The Jeannette, Pa., native earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Repko also completed the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Senior Nuclear Plant Manager Course. He maintained a senior reactor operator's license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for Oconee Nuclear Station from February 1992 to September 2000.

Repko currently serves as chairperson of the Academy Council of the National Academy for Nuclear Training.

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