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My name is Don Gillispie. I’m a retired senior executive in the nuclear industry with over 40 years of experience. I’m not the sort of person to sit around in retirement and my current project is president and CEO of Alternate Energy Holdings Inc. In Idaho, our principal project is developing a nuclear reactor in Idaho and we have a related initiative in Colorado. We also own Energy Neutral, which has developed a net-zero energy home in Boise.

I was  born during WWII and lived on my grandfather’s farm in Virginia with no running water or electricity and then moved to town when my father returned from Germany after the war. I attended high school in Lynchburg, Virginia, graduated from Clemson University in Electrical Engineering, served 6 years in the Navy where I graduated from nuclear power school and did tours on a nuclear submarine; and later completed MIT’s senior executive program. After the Navy, I worked for several utilities: Duke Power, Tennessee Valley Authority, Boston Edison and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Other assignments included Westinghouse and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. I worked my way through college and up through the nuclear industry ranks to become a senior executive. I have either worked at or consulted to every US nuclear plant and a number of international plants during my 40-plus year career.

After I retired, I start this company to help America with energy independence, lower energy costs and cleaner air. I don’t take a salary, the same as my other board members who are all senior nuclear industry executives including the past COO of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, senior nuclear naval officers and presidents/other executives of nuclear electric power companies. Their bios can be found on the company’s website.

Beginning with my naval career in the ’60s, I have had a secret security clearance or equivalent for the nuclear power business for 40 years. This includes regular background checks, psychological testing and random drug testing. Today most Americans could not pass these checks.  Any blemish on your background including multiple speeding tickets, bankruptcy or any court conviction will jeopardize your job in the commercial nuclear industry. As one investor said after doing background checks on me and my board members, “you are squeaky clean”. Further, officers and directors of a public company are checked by the SEC for criminal activity and bankruptcies. Please do a background check on me to satisfy yourself I welcome it – or ask just the Snake River Alliance who has been seeking dirt on me since I came to Idaho, to no avail.

I moved my company to Idaho at the end of 2007 and live in Eagle. I plan to make this my permanent home unless Idaho decides it does not want my nuclear power plant. I certainly hope not.I really love it here now.

Please free to ask me any questions regarding this information. These are just the highlights. I have been working since I was 12 at least part time – over 53 years now and there are many more details I left out.

Comments»

1. Jonathan Sawmiller - September 8, 2008

We’re with you, Don. It’s about time someone stood up to the Snake River Alliance and held them accountable for their extremist and illegal actions.

2. John Pressman - September 25, 2008

Nuclear is one of the most important solutions clean energy solutions at our disposal. The competitive cost to both consumers and the environment make it a clear choice. Good luck Mr. Gillispie with all your endeavors.

3. htomfields - May 21, 2009

Hi Don,

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has recently added several RSS feeds to our site http://www.inl.gov. Please consider adding them to your news lists. We post a variety of nuclear science, energy research, and technology news.

Thanks for your time and please let me know if I can be of assistance.

4. Idaho citizen - June 4, 2009

Hey there Don or whoever manages this blog-

What’s up with not enabling comments for your actual blog posts? I understand pr is most effective when it’s a one-way street but you really should give citizens a chance to weigh in on the opinions you post about energy development in Idaho.

You can even control what you publish and don’t but you should at least give people the chance to comment.

5. cleanidahoenergy - June 4, 2009

Hi Idaho Citizen,

Unlike the Idaho anti-nuclear blogs, ours is enabled for comments and we do get a few. At the top of each entry, after the list of tags is a link that says, “add a comment.” It has always been there, but it is a bit hard to see. We will try to find some way of making it bigger or more prominent as, for our part, we do want to encourage a healthy public debate.

We also invite you to visit our Facebook page at http://groups.to/nuclear. You can also follow one of our spokesman on Twitter @aehi.

6. Michelle - September 2, 2009

Hi Don,

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has recently added several RSS feeds to our site http://www.inl.gov. Please consider adding them to your news lists. We post a variety of nuclear science, energy research, and technology news.

Thanks for your time and please let me know if I can be of assistance.;. All the best!!


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