SPRING CITY, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority has named new leadership for its Watts Bar nuclear power plant.
Chris Reneau was named vice president of the Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant near Spring City, Tennessee, effective June 12. Watts Bar’s current vice president, Tony Williams, will assume the role of vice president, breakdown services and additional resources for TVA’s entire nuclear fleet. .
“Chris brings proven, operationally focused leadership experience within TVA and from his time in the U.S. Navy,” said Tim Rausch, TVA Chief Nuclear Officer. “We also thank Tony for his leadership at Watts Bar and look forward to his continued leadership at TVA Nuclear. Together with our other talented team members, both Chris and Tony will help us continue our journey to become the best nuclear fleet in the country.”
Reneau most recently served as vice president for operations support at the TVA Nuclear Fleet Center in Chattanooga. Reneau joined TVA in 2009 after serving in the U.S. Navy. Since joining TVA, Reneau has held multiple key leadership roles, including senior manager of Systems Engineering, senior manager of Design Engineering, site Engineering director and director of Operations before becoming plant manager at the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in 2021. He received his senior reactor certification at Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant.
Reneau holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The Citadel and an executive MBA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Watts Bar is TVA’s second largest nuclear power plant; the two pressurized water reactors produce approximately five percent of TVA’s total generating capacity.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is the nation’s largest public energy supplier, providing energy to 10 million people in seven southeastern states. TVA was founded more than 90 years ago to serve this region and the country by developing innovative solutions to solve complex challenges. TVA’s unique mission focuses on energy, environmental stewardship and economic development. With one of the largest, most diverse and cleanest energy systems – including nuclear, hydro, solar, gas and advanced technologies – TVA is a leader in our nation’s pursuit of a clean energy future.

TVA is a United States business agency that receives no taxpayer funding and derives virtually all of its revenue from the sale of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system, and assists local energy companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation. Read more at Energy System of the Future.

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