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APS Chairman Brandt Announces Senior Management Promotions at Palo Verde

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

APS Chairman Brandt Announces Senior Management Promotions at Palo Verde15:53 EST Tuesday, January 25, 2011 PHOENIX (Business Wire) -- Arizona Public Service Co. Chairman and CEO Don Brandt announced today a series of senior-level promotions at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. The promotions are intended to further strengthen a management team responsible for restoring the plant to top-of-industry performance over the last several years. Bob Bement, currently vice president for Site Operations, will become senior vice president for Site Operations. Dwight Mims, vice president, Regulatory Affairs and Plant Improvement, will become senior vice president, Regulatory and Oversight. Bement and Mims were among the first senior leaders brought in by Executive Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer Randy Edington four years ago as Palo Verde was embarking on a path that would return the plant to excellence. “Bob and Dwight, together with Randy, have worked with great success to reinforce a culture of safety and top-level performance at Palo Verde,” said Brandt. “They are representative of the talented senior leadership we have installed to position Palo Verde for long-term success. Palo Verde has indeed returned to a position of industry leadership. These changes are important to our commitment to remain there.” Also today, Edington announced that Maria Lacal, general manager, Emergency Services and Support, will become vice president, Operations Support. “We are fortunate to have in place one of the finest leadership teams in the nuclear energy industry,” said Edington. “These changes not only help position Palo Verde for long-term success, they also recognize the leadership these individuals have displayed. To a person, they demonstrate the commitment to operational excellence needed to safely and reliably generate power for our customers.” Palo Verde produced more electricity than ever before in 2010, a total of 31.2 billion kilowatt-hours or, by a wide margin, more than any other plant of any kind in the nation. For the 19th consecutive year, Palo Verde led the nation in total generation. It is the second year in a row – and the fifth time ever – that Palo Verde has generated more than 30 billion kWh, partly the result of an efficiency rating of more than 90 percent. Unit 2, with a production total of more than 11.6 billion kWh, finished the year as one of the top generators in the world. Over the past three summers, all three Palo Verde units operated for more than 100 consecutive days, which was vital to the supply of clean, low-cost base-load power during the hot Arizona summers. The reactor vessel head replacement during Unit 3's maintenance and refueling outage last fall marked the completion of a plant-wide program essential for efficient operations for the long term. All of this was accomplished through teamwork and an unrelenting emphasis on safety. “Palo Verde has three large units, so we will always generate tremendous amounts of electricity when the units are operating,” said Brandt. “But, to sustain the kind of performance we have achieved the last two years takes special coordination, commitment and leadership. The promotions we have announced today will help ensure excellence for the long term.” APS, Arizona's largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves more than 1.1 million customers in 11 of the state's 15 counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW). Arizona Public ServiceMedia Contact:Jim McDonald, 602-321-3738 (cell)Analyst Contact:Rebecca Hickman, 602-250-5668Website: aps.com/newsroom