New vice president named to oversee daily operations at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant

Barry Allen, new site vice president, Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.
Barry Allen, new site vice president, Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

PG&E has appointed a new site vice president to oversee daily operations of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, the utility said Friday.

Barry Allen, who since 2008 has worked as site vice president of Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio, will provide leadership over Diablo Canyon’s maintenance and security functions, as well as lead the periodic refueling of both reactor units.

Allen has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear power industry, according to a news release. He joined FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company in 2003 as plant manager at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station.

He later served as site operations director at Perry Nuclear Generating Station in North Perry, Ohio, and became site vice president of that plant before moving back to Davis-Besse.

Allen has a bachelor’s degree in architecture structures and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Texas Tech University.

“He brings a wealth of operational experience to this position and is well suited for ensuring that Diablo Canyon remains a safe and vital part of California’s clean energy resource portfolio for years to come,” John Conway, senior vice president of energy supply, said in a news release.

Allen succeeds former site Vice President Jim Becker, who in July became the first president of STARS Alliance, an organization based in Goodyear, Ariz., with seven nuclear power generation station members.

It was formed to share information and focus on initiatives to benefit member companies, according to the organization’s website.