Palisades Power Plant Site Vice President Charlie Arnone Announces Retirement
Current Palisades General Manager Elevated to Top Position
COVERT, Mich. – After nearly 43-years of a distinguished career in the nuclear industry, Charlie Arnone, site vice president at Palisades Power Plant and Entergy’s top official at the site, is retiring. Darrell Corbin, currently the general manager of plant operations at Palisades, will take on the assignment of site vice president, effective August 5.
Throughout his career, Arnone has held various positions in the nuclear industry, beginning with eight years in the US Navy Nuclear Power program. Prior to becoming site vice president at Palisades, Arnone served the entire Entergy nuclear fleet as general manager operations support and then as interim vice president, operations support, as well as the director of nuclear safety assurance at Palisades.
“My congratulations to Charlie Arnone for nearly 43 years of stellar results and outstanding leadership in the nuclear industry, and for doing an excellent job as site vice president at Palisades for the past three years,” said Entergy Chief Nuclear Officer Chris Bakken. “Charlie is a visionary leader who constantly strives for excellence, and always puts the needs of his team first. While we will miss Charlie as a key leader in our fleet, we wish him and his family all the best as he retires.”
“Darrell has been a member of the Palisades team for more than 20 years and has done an excellent job as plant general manager,” said Arnone. “I am confident that he and the team will continue achieving excellence and remain focused on safe, secure and reliable operations.”
Corbin began his nuclear career 33 years ago, after serving a decade in the US Navy Nuclear Power program. He first joined the Palisades team in 1996 as a nuclear plant operator. Throughout his career, Corbin has held various positions across many disciplines in the nuclear industry, developing extensive experience. This includes serving the entire Entergy nuclear fleet as general manager fleet operations support.
“I look forward to leading the plant with a continued focus on operating at the highest levels of safety and reliability. I am proud to have the opportunity to fill this role and continue to work with the nuclear professionals of Palisades,” said Corbin.
Corbin’s background includes a reactor license and senior reactor operator license, both achieved at Palisades. He also completed Eckerd College’s Leadership Development Program and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators’ Senior Nuclear Plant Management Course.
Corbin has lived in Coloma with his wife, Lisa, for more than 20 years, and is a proud member of the community. They have two daughters and one granddaughter, all who reside in the area.
Dale Lucy, assistant general manager, plant operations will assume the role of general manager, plant operations at Palisades, reporting to Corbin. Lucy also began his nuclear career in the United States Navy. In 1997, he became a nuclear plant operator at Palisades and over the past 22 years, has held various positions across many disciplines at the plant.
The Palisades Power Plant employs about 600 workers and has been a part of the Van Buren County community since it began generating electricity in 1971. The plant generates 800 megawatts of virtually carbon-free electricity, enough to power more than 800,000 homes.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $11 billion and more than 13,000 employees. Additional information is available at www.entergy.com