Joseph Donahue is vice president of nuclear oversight for Duke Energy’s Nuclear Generation organization. He oversees the employee concerns, assessments and quality controls, and audit functions.
Donahue has 33 years of experience in the energy industry. Before assuming his current role following the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger in July 2012, he served as vice president of nuclear oversight for Progress Energy.
Donahue joined Progress Energy in 1994 as plant general manager at Harris Nuclear Plant near New Hill, N.C. From 2000 to 2009, he served as vice president of the nuclear engineering and services department, overseeing the nuclear fuels, nuclear supply chain, license renewal, fleet engineering and major projects groups. He was named vice president of nuclear oversight for Progress Energy in 2009.
Before joining Progress Energy, Donahue worked for Texas Utilities (now TXU Energy) and Arizona Public Service Company (now APS) serving in various management roles. He has held positions in nuclear plant start-up, plant operations, plant management, as well as managing large projects. He has been licensed on both Westinghouse and Combustion Engineering reactors. Donahue also spent two years, from 1998 to 2000, on assignment with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations as a team manager. He currently serves on the Electric Power Research Institute’s Nuclear Power Council and the Nondestructive Evaluation Executive Management Committee.
Donahue has a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
Donahue was born in Cambridge, England, and grew up in Massachusetts and Maine. He is married with three children.
Duke Energy, the largest electric power company in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 7 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas in Ohio and Kentucky. Its commercial power and international businesses operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing renewable energy portfolio. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.