PG&E announces leadership promotions at Diablo Canyon Power Plant

February 2, 2015

Avila Beach, Calif.— Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced several promotions among the senior leadership team at Diablo Canyon Power Plant.

Barry Allen, who served as site vice president, assumed a new position as vice president, nuclear services, and in this role leads engineering, security and emergency services functions. James Welsch has been promoted to site vice president and Jan Nimick has been promoted to station director, filling Welsch's former role.

Welsch, a 30-year veteran of Diablo Canyon, will provide leadership over the plant's maintenance, operations and learning services functions. In addition, he will lead the periodic refueling of both reactor units and report to Ed Halpin, PG&E's Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer.

"Jim's strong leadership, vast institutional knowledge of Diablo Canyon and his deep commitment to safe, reliable and affordable operations will be invaluable as we continue to build upon Diablo Canyon's strong record of safety. He is well suited for ensuring that Diablo Canyon continues to play a leading role in California's clean energy resource portfolio for years to come," said Halpin.

In the role of station director, Nimick, who has more than 20 years of nuclear power experience at Diablo Canyon, will oversee the daily operations and maintenance teams, as well as refueling and maintenance outages. He will report to Welsch.

"Like all members of the Diablo Canyon team, no core value is more important to Jan than safety. Jan has developed into a strong nuclear professional who is focused on and committed to safety and operational excellence," Halpin added.

About Diablo Canyon Power Plant

Diablo Canyon Power Plant is a nuclear power facility owned and operated by PG&E. Its two units together produce approximately 2,300 net megawatts of carbon-free power. It provides nearly 10 percent of all electricity generated in California, and enough energy to meet the needs of more than three million Northern and Central Californians. Diablo Canyon has a $920 million annual local economic impact and is the largest private employer in San Luis Obispo County.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit and