April 06, 2020

Yankee chief takes new post

WISCASSET — Mike Sellman, president of Maine Yankee, will be appointed senior vice president and chief nuclear officer of Wisconsin Electric Power Co., the utility announced Monday.

Sellman has been the top executive at Maine Yankee since last February when the board hired Entergy Nuclear to help manage the Wiscasset reactor. He has remained president during and after last summer’s decision by owners of the plant to close it permanently.

“Mike Sellman has done an outstanding job leading Maine Yankee through several difficult transitions. While his departure represents a loss for Maine Yankee, I know it is an excellent opportunity for Mike that enables him to do what he does best — run nuclear power plants,” said David T. Flanagan, Maine Yankee board chairman.

Sellman will remain at Maine Yankee until a replacement is selected, probably no later than mid-April, Flanagan said.

Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Electric serves about 2.3 million people in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Sellman, a veteran of the nuclear navy, held various posts with Northern States Power Co. and with the nuclear unit of New Orleans-based Entergy before being hired by Maine Yankee.

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