Northeast Utilities, 1974-1993
Commonwealth Edison, 1993-1999
Fred Dacimo was raised in Brooklyn and Long Island during the 1950s and 1960s. He attended SUNY Maritime Academy from 1970-1974. Upon graduating, he briefly worked for Exxon before taking a job at Northeast Utilities’ Millstone Nuclear Power Plant. Fred stated in Quality Assurance but quickly moved to get a Senior Reactor Operator license on Millstone Unit 1. He worked as Maintenance Manager for Millstone Unit 2 and later as Plant Manager for Millstone Unit 3. During the late 1980s, Fred briefly worked at Connecticut Yankee Nuclear Power Plant before assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer for Northeast Utilities. In the mid-1990s he left Northeast to serve as the plant VP for LaSalle Nuclear Power Plant in Illinois. In 1999, NYPA hired Fred as Site VP for Indian Point Unit 3. At this time of energy deregulation, Entergy purchased Unit 2 and Unit 3 to form the combined Indian Point Energy Center. Known for turning power plants around, Fred was tasked with uniting the Unit 2 (ConEd) and Unit 3 (NYPA) workforce, dropping outages from 90 to 30 days, and working for plant relicensing. Listeners will learn about unions, 9/11, the NRC, and relations with both environmental activists and corporate management.