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Powell’s passing ends an era at Mountaineer Plant

by on March 21, 2013

Charles A. Powell, plant manager, Mountaineer Plant, passed away March 14 following a brief illness. He had been on staff at Mountaineer throughout its entire operating history.

“Charlie has been an icon in the industry for the very best power plant operations,” said Mark McCullough, executive vice president – Generation. “From the world record run, to years of consistently high efficiency, high availability and the effect that he had on the entire organization, we need to honor his life, his dedication and commitment to teaching and coaching on how to be the best.

Charlie Powell (right) explains control room operations at Mountaineer Plant to a visitor.

“I am personally grateful for having had the opportunity to work with Charlie. He influenced everyone he worked with in a very positive way,” McCullough added.

Powell was well-known and well-respected for his personal connection to the people of Mountaineer Plant. He also made a point of familiarizing himself with every piece of equipment in the plant and its operation so that he was part of the team, no matter what the situation. Throughout the years, Powell’s leadership and caring were reflected in the plant’s performance and culture.

Powell’s leadership on the technology-advancing carbon capture and storage project located at Mountaineer was paramount. While grumbling about it, he enjoyed sharing Mountaineer’s story and was known for his candid and colorful remarks to guests and reporters.

“This is a very sad day for AEP,” added Jeff LaFleur, vice president – Generating Assets Appalachian Power/Kentucky Power. “Charlie was a pillar of AEP’s plant operations. His influence was felt throughout the Generation organization through his approach, his standards and his ability to transfer the knowledge and skills to others. He will be sorely missed.”

Powell joined AEP in 1969 as a performance engineer at Philip Sporn Plant. The following year, he transferred to John Amos Plant while it was still under construction. He later became Performance Supervising Engineer.

Powell went to Mountaineer Plant in 1979, prior to the facility’s commercial operation. He served Mountaineer as Performance Superintendent, Operations Superintendent and Assistant Plant Manager. He was named Plant Manager in December 1989 and served in that capacity for the next 23 years.

He is survived by his wife, Marsha, and their daughter, April.

You can read his full obituary on the Crow-Hussel Funeral Home website.

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