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Robert Trigaux

Former Progress Energy Florida CEO Jeff Lyash swapping corporate EVP titles, duties

(Updated 2:15 pm Tuesday)

Jefflyashexceopgnflacheriediez Not sure if this is a significant shift in titles and responsibilities, but former Progress Energy Florida CEO Jeff Lyash -- who had only been named Progress Energy (the corporate parent) executive vice president for corporate development less than one year ago -- has a new title and new responsibilities. (Photo: Cherie Diez, St. Petersburg Times.) 

Effective today, he's now executive vice president for energy supply, according to a regulatory filing by the company.

What's the difference? Well, perhaps the most significant shift from a Florida point of view is that Lyash will play less of a role in the development of the planned Levy County nuclear power plant. As EVP of corporate development, that was one of his babies. But as EVP of energy supply, he is mostly responsible for making all of Progress Energy's existing power plants run efficiently. I guess you could say if the Levy plant is less important to him now, the sidelined Crystal River nuclear plant (under repair) north of Tampa Bay is more important.

Progress Energy Mike Hughes said shifting job responsibilities are not unusual at the company. He added via email:

"Jeff’s title, effective today, is executive vice president-Energy Supply. Energy Supply includes the Nuclear Generation Group (4 plants with 5 total reactors and support organizations in Florida and the Carolinas); the Power Operations Group (28 plants in three states – coal-, gas-, oil-fired and hydroelectric, as well as the fuels and purchased power-procurement functions for both utilities). The total group includes about 4,000 employees. This was announced internally last week."

In the time he was based in St. Petersburg, Lyash, 48, managed to wield big clout in central Florida economic development circles.Vince Dolan took his place as Progress Energy Florida CEO.

Just a reminder. Progress Energy Florida, based in St. Petersburg, is second in size among electric utilities in this state only to Florida Power & Light out of Miami. Progress Energy Florida is owned by Progress Energy out of Raleigh, N.C.

-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist 

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 10:59am]


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