SPRING CITY, Tenn. ­— The Tennessee Valley Authority has named new leadership for its Watts Bar nuclear plant.
Chris Reneau was named site vice president for the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant near Spring City, Tennessee, effective June 12. Current Watts Bar Site Vice President Tony Williams will step into the role of vice president, outage services and supplemental 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’s chief nuclear officer. “We also thank Tony for his leadership while at Watts Bar and look forward to his continued leadership in TVA Nuclear. Together with our other talented team members, both Chris and Tony will help us continue our journey to be the top nuclear fleet in the nation.”
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 Systems Engineering, senior manager Design Engineering, site Engineering director, and director of Operations before becoming plant manager at the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in 2021. He obtained his senior reactor certification at Sequoyah Nuclear 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 plant—its two pressurized water reactors produce about five percent of TVA’s total generation capacity.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is the nation’s largest public power supplier, delivering energy to 10 million people across seven southeastern states. TVA was established more than 90 years ago to serve this region and the nation 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 drive toward a clean energy future.

TVA is a corporate agency of the United States, receiving no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales 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 power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation. Learn more at Energy System of the Future.

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