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. Chip 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, Chip leads more than 8,000 Operations employees in five business units: Nuclear; Power Operations; Transmission & Power Supply; Generation Construction, Projects & Services; and Safety, River Management & Environment. Leadership responsibilities include oversight of 16,000 miles of transmission lines and 35,000 megawatts of nuclear, coal, hydroelectric, natural gas and renewable energy generation; management and flood control of the Tennessee River; dam safety; environmental operations, permitting and compliance; fuel purchasing and bulk power trading; and major construction projects. Significant focus areas for Chip are delivering low cost, reliable power; optimizing TVA’s generating portfolio to achieve a more diversified blend of cleaner, low-cost energy sources; and posturing TVA for the future.
Before coming to TVA, Chip was chief operating officer of Exelon Generation. There he led more than 10,000 employees and managed 30,000 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.
Chip’s previous responsibilities at Exelon Nuclear include serving as president and chief nuclear officer where he led continuous operational improvements. Other positions held within Exelon Nuclear include 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 long career, Chip has held leadership positions at General Electric, three electric utilities and the Institute for Nuclear Power Operations (INPO). He has served on the Nuclear Energy Institute's Nuclear Strategic Issue Advisory Committee and the National Academy of Nuclear Training Accrediting Board. Chip 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 (EPRI).