DTE Energy announces Fermi 2 leadership change

DETROIT, Sept. 6, 2017 – DTE Energy today announced that Paul Fessler, senior vice president and chief nuclear officer, will be retiring from DTE Energy. Keith J. Polson, vice president, Nuclear Generation, has been appointed to the role of senior vice president and chief nuclear officer. The changes will be effective Oct. 2.

Fessler, 64, joined the company in 1976 as an associate engineer. During his 41-year career, Fessler has held positions of plant manager, Fermi 2; assistant vice president, Nuclear Generation; vice president, Fossil Generation, and senior vice president, Electrical Operations.

Fessler earned a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree in nuclear engineering, and a master of business administration degree from the University of Michigan. He is a registered professional engineer.

“Paul has been an outstanding member of our executive leadership team for the past 10 years,” said Gerry Anderson, DTE Energy chairman and CEO.  “His experience in the energy industry is both broad and deep, having led Nuclear Generation, Electrical Operations, and Fossil Generation.”

Polson, 58, is currently vice president, Nuclear Generation. He joined DTE Energy in January 2016, having spent more than 30 years in the nuclear industry.  Prior to DTE Energy, he was the site vice president at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant for the Tennessee Valley Authority. Polson is a graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

“Under Keith’s leadership, Fermi 2 operations have already logged some impressive achievements including completing the most successful refueling outage in Fermi history and plant safety performance at zero OSHA recordables for now over 500 days,” Anderson added.  “He has earned the confidence of the Fermi team, and the additional role of chief nuclear officer will enable him to have an even greater impact on his people and site operations as the team works toward achieving new milestones in excellence.”

About Fermi 2

The Fermi 2 Power Plant, is a 1,170-megawatt boiling water reactor located in Newport, Michigan. The facility employs about 850 workers and produces approximately 20 percent of the power generated by DTE Energy. The plant began commercial operation in 1985 and is licensed to operate through 2045. Additional information about Fermi 2 is available at

About DTE Energy

DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading.  As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Information about DTE Energy is available at, and

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