Luminant today named Ken Peters as chief nuclear officer for Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, effective April 1. In announcing Peters’ appointment, Luminant Chief Executive Officer Mac McFarland said, “Ken is a tremendous leader. His dedication to safety, along with his broad experience and knowledge in the nuclear generation industry, has been vital to Comanche Peak being one of the top performing plants in the nation. I know he’s prepared to continue pursuing excellence in Comanche Peak’s safety, operations and reliability.”
Peters has been serving as acting CNO at Comanche Peak since December and joined Luminant in 2012 as site vice president at the plant.
In assuming his new role as CNO, Peters said, “I’m honored to be part of and lead such a great group of nuclear energy professionals here at Comanche Peak. Our mission is to operate it as a safe, efficient, reliable, cost-effective, competitive nuclear power plant.”
Peters has more than 30 years’ experience in nuclear energy generation. Prior to joining Luminant, he held various managerial roles at other nuclear power stations around the country, including plant manager and vice president, engineering and projects. A New Jersey Institute of Technology graduate, Peters also received master’s degrees from Virginia Tech and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Comanche Peak is a two-unit, nuclear-fueled power plant in Somervell County, Texas, southwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Each unit has a capacity of 1,150 megawatts. Unit 1 began commercial operation in 1990 and unit 2 in 1993. As one of the performance leaders among the nation’s nuclear power plants, Comanche Peak provides dependable power in the ERCOT competitive market operating at a capacity factor of 99 percent in 2015.