Charles (Chip) G. Pardee
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Chip Pardee is executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest public power provider. He joined TVA in April 2013, bringing with him more than three decades of leadership experience in the electric utility industry, including operational responsibilities at a dozen U.S. nuclear units.
At TVA, Pardee manages about 8,000 employees and 35,000 megawatts of nuclear, coal, hydroelectric, natural gas and renewable energy sources. In this role, he is responsible for optimizing TVA's generating portfolio to achieve a more diversified blend of cleaner, low-cost energy sources. Pardee also is responsible for transmission, overseeing one of the nation's largest and most reliable power delivery systems; environmental operations, including environmental policy, permitting and compliance; river operations and the TVA River Forecast Center; fuel purchasing and bulk power trading; major construction projects and technology innovation.
Before coming to TVA, Pardee was chief operating officer of Exelon Generation. There he led more than 10,000 employees and managed 35,000 megawatts of diverse generation, including the nation's largest nuclear fleet. At the same time, he served as chairman of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, an Exelon subsidiary.
His previous responsibilities at Exelon included serving as president and chief nuclear officer for Exelon Nuclear, where he led continuous operational improvements. Before that, he was Exelon Nuclear's chief operating officer, senior vice president of nuclear fleet services, senior vice president for Mid-Atlantic operations and site vice president at Lasalle County Nuclear Generating Station.
During his career, Pardee has held leadership positions at General Electric, three electric utilities and the Institute for Nuclear Power Operations. He has served on the Nuclear Energy Institute's Nuclear Strategic Issue Advisory Committee and the National Academy of Nuclear Training Accrediting Board. He also was a charter member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Fukushima Response Steering Committee. He now serves as a director of the Electric Power Research Institute.
Pardee has a bachelor's degree in marine engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.