KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. — Earlier today, Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) Chairman Donald Brandt presented Exelon senior executive Joseph Dominguez with the William S. Lee Award in recognition of his outstanding industry leadership in regulation and public policy in support of nuclear energy. The award, one of the industry’s most prestigious honors, was presented at NEI’s annual meeting in Atlanta.
“Joe's tireless work on behalf of America's clean, reliable and resilient nuclear facilities is truly impressive," said Brandt. "His leadership in advocating for innovative public policy solutions in New York, Illinois and New Jersey could help preserve as many as seven U.S. nuclear plants and their essential environmental, economic and national security benefits.”
New York’s ground-breaking Clean Energy Standard, adopted in August 2016, preserved three nuclear plants, offset 16 million tons of carbon and preserved 25,000 direct and indirect jobs. Legislation in Illinois, passed in December 2016, helped preserve two nuclear facilities, offsets an additional 20 million tons of carbon and maintained 28,000 direct and indirect jobs. And most recently, the State of New Jersey passed similar legislation that values nuclear’s many environmental and economic benefits, including offsetting 14 million tons of carbon and maintaining 5,800 jobs across the state. Similar policies are now under discussion in other states, including Pennsylvania and Ohio.
“We are very proud to have Joe as a leading voice for our company and our industry,” said Michael Pacilio, Exelon Generation Chief Operating Officer. “He sounded the alarm about the risk of losing our zero-emission nuclear energy plants, and was the thought leader behind the development of ground-breaking state energy policies that recognize the environmental and clean air attributes of nuclear energy. We need more common-sense reforms that value nuclear’s attributes, and we need more world-class advocates for nuclear energy like Joe Dominguez.”
In his role as Executive Vice President, Governmental and Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, Dominguez leads the development and implementation of federal, state and regional governmental, regulatory and public policy strategies for Exelon. Dominguez was recently promoted to CEO of ComEd, a unit of Exelon that provides electric service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois. He is the first Latino to lead the utility. Read more about Dominguez’s background and civic involvement here.