Longview Power Announces Promotion of Steve Nelson to Chief Executive Officer
to joining Longview Power, he worked for the Sacramento Utility District, Babcock & Wilcox, Pacific Gas and Electric, PPII-Montana, Aptech Engineering Services and Black & Veatch. Mr. Nelson received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Sacramento and a MBA from Saint Mary’s College.
Mr. Nelson stated that, “This is an exciting and challenging time to take the reins at Longview Power. Because other states have subsidized their preferred sources of electricity generation, such as renewables and nuclear power, market prices have been distorted and not supported coal generation. Coal provides the resiliency and reliability that renewables and natural gas cannot provide. West Virginia needs to recognize that unless it takes steps to support coal generation, its highly reliable coal generation fleet and the many coal mining jobs that produce that coal may soon disappear. The Longview coal plant has state of the art technology and a world class plant staff able to achieve the highest reliability at very low cost, but the plant has gone through two bankruptcies, in large part due to the energy markets.”
Mr. Nelson also noted that, “The Company recognizes that West Virginia needs to use all of its natural resources and to that end has substantially completed the development of a cutting edge technology 1250 MW combined cycle gas fired turbine generation facility and a solar facility adjacent to the coal plant. The CCGT and solar facility received final siting certificates from the West Virginia Public Service Commission in April, and the gas plant is in the final stages for an air permit and interconnection agreement from PJM. These facilities will utilize abundant local natural resources to produce low cost energy for the State for years to come.”
Rounding out the Longview Power management team are Eric Cada, Chief Financial Officer who joined the Company in 2018 and Randy Gillespie who has been promoted to Chief Commercial Officer after serving as VP Energy Marketing since 2015. Jeff Keffer, the CEO of Longview Power for the last decade, has become the Chairman of the Board.
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