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Thomas P. Joyce
President and Chief Nuclear Officer
Thomas P. Joyce was named president and chief nuclear officer of PSEG Nuclear (Nuclear), in October 2008. He had been senior vice president – operations of Salem/Hope Creek for Nuclear, since June 2007. Mr. Joyce was also vice president – Salem, since January 2007, and previously assumed the role of PSEG Nuclear’s site vice president as part of the Nuclear Operating Services Agreement between PSEG and Exelon Corporation in 2005.
PSEG Nuclear’s Salem and Hope Creek Generating stations comprise the second largest commercial nuclear power facility in the United States. Together the units provide enough electricity for three million homes. Together the plants also provide 49 percent of New Jersey’s electricity.
Mr. Joyce has more than 38 years of experience in commercial nuclear power operations. Under his leadership as president and chief nuclear officer, Salem and Hope Creek combined to set a new site generation record in 2009. In 2011, the stations also received approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to extend their operating licenses an additional 20 years. Reinforcing the company’s strong ties to the local community, the license renewal approvals did not encounter any formal legal contentions like many other plants across the country.
While leading Salem, the station completed two successful reactor vessel head replacement outages. Salem Unit 1 completed its outage capturing the world record for shortest head replacement outage.
Prior to coming to PSEG Mr. Joyce was site vice president at Exelon Nuclear’s Braidwood Station. During his tenure the station achieved overall performance improvements and retained their excellent INPO rating. The plant completed a refueling in 15 days, 14 hours – setting a record for outage efficiency among U.S. pressurized water reactors. Before serving at Braidwood he held leadership positions at Exelon’s Byron, Dresden, and Zion Stations, and in the corporate offices of both Exelon Corporation and Exelon Nuclear.
Mr. Joyce holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Keller Graduate School of Management. While at Byron, he earned his senior reactor operators (SRO) license.
A recognized leader in the nuclear industry, Mr. Joyce currently serves as chairman of the Utilities Service Alliance (USA). The organization is comprised of eight of America’s leading electric utilities operating 14 nuclear reactors located at 10 stations. Its two major objectives are to improve individual plant and fleet performance and to reduce operating and maintenance costs. Mr. Joyce also chairs the Nuclear Energy Institute’s (NEI) Emergency Preparedness Working Group and the EPRI Nuclear Power Council.