About

NEARLY 7 MILLION TONS of coal mined annually.

1,600 MEGAWATTS
of power.

PROVIDING
2.5
MILLION

families with electricity every day.

$785
MILLION

in economic activity contributed annually.

$1 BILLION
invested in the Best Available Control Technology (BACT).

THE NEW STANDARD

PSEC is setting the standard for clean energy production.

Senior Management

THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM OF PRAIRIE STATE GENERATING COMPANY, LLC INCLUDES:

Don Gaston

President & Chief executive Officer

Don Gaston is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Prairie State Generating Company (PSGC). Mr. Gaston has an extensive professional background in supercritical fossil generation, comprehensive safety programs, environmental control technology and marked performance in improving power plant reliability throughout his more than 30 years in the electric generation industry.
Prior to joining the Prairie State team in 2014, he served as the Director of Fossil Generation for the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), one of the 10 largest electric companies in the U.S. and New Jersey's oldest and largest publicly owned utility. In this capacity, he was accountable for the successful management of safety, environmental compliance, reliability, and financial performance of 5800 megawatts of coal fired, oil fired, and natural gas generation. Throughout his career, Mr. Gaston has also held supercritical fossil generation and environmental management positions with Southern Company and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
As President and CEO, Mr. Gaston is responsible for the overall direction and leadership of the Prairie State Energy Campus, and oversees coordination with the Prairie State ownership group, which includes nine non-profit power companies serving 2.5 million member-owners across eight states.
Mr. Gaston earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a MBA from the University of Tennessee, and completed the TVA Executive Development Program at Vanderbilt University.
 

Randy Short

chief operating officer 

Randy Short is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Prairie State Generating Company (PSGC). Mr. Short joined Prairie State in 2014 with more than two decades of experience in the utility industry. Prior to his current role as COO, he served as plant manager to the coal-fueled Baldwin Energy Complex within the Dynegy Illinois fleet. Additionally, Mr. Short led as plant manager at  the Wood River power plant and as senior director for Generation Programs at Dynegy corporate headquarters in Houston.

As COO of the Prairie State Generating Company, LLC, Mr. Short is responsible for the direction and leadership of the power plant, safety, environmental services, IT and procurement departments at the Prairie State Energy Campus. Mr. Short is Prairie State’s first COO, and is recognized as a skilled power industry leader with unique experience working in Illinois and with Illinois coal.

Mr. Short holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University and a MBA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Short is a Council of Owners Construction Associates (COCA) board member, and also currently serves as treasurer.

PAUL KRIVOKUCA

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT- MINING

Paul Krivokuca is the Senior Vice President of Mining for the Prairie State Generating Company (PSGC). In his role, he is responsible for the overall direction, management and operations of the Lively Grove coal mine, the adjacent underground mine, which feeds the Prairie State Energy Campus power plant. As a fourth generation coal miner, Mr. Krivokuca has an extensive background in the coal mining industry, with more than 30 years of experience.
Mr. Krivokuca joined the Prairie State team in December 2008 and helped lead the construction and start-up of the mining operations.

Before making the commitment to PSGC, he held the position of Chief Operating Officer Underground Operations for Hillsborough Resources in Campbell River, British Columbia from 1996 to 2008. In this capacity, he was responsible for two mine operations and one quarry located in Canada and one underground mine in Tennessee. Prior to 1996, Mr. Krivokuca held a variety of positions with coal mining companies in the eastern United States.

Mr. Krivokuca holds a B.A. degree in liberal studies from University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana, and an Associate Degree in Coal Mining Technology from Eastern Illini Community College. He is an active member and leader in a number of industry organizations, and currently serves as a Director of the National Mining Association, and is also an Executive Member of the Illinois Coal Association.

Tom Kordick

Vice President- Generation

Tom Kordick is the Vice President of Generation for the Prairie State Generating Company (PSGC). Mr Kordick joined the Prairie State team in December 2010, as Engineering Manager, was then promoted to Senior Manger of Engineering and Compliance, and was named VP of Generation in August 2014. With more than 20 years of experience, in the electric utility and petro-chemical industries, Mr. Kordick has an extensive background in power plant engineering, operations and maintenance.

During his tenure with Prairie State, Mr. Kordick has led the engineering efforts of the power plant through start up into commercial operations, designed and implemented the MISO dispatch protocol, built and executed the NERC Compliance program, and advised PSGC Owners on reliability and sustainability efforts. In his role as VP of Generation, Mr. Kordick is responsible for the overall direction, management and operations of the power plant.

Previously, Mr. Kordick served as the Director of Technical Support for Toshiba International Corporation and led the Technical Engineering Support Group for the national fleet of Toshiba steam turbine generators. He earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama and an Executive MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Mr. Kordick is a registered professional engineer in the states of Illinois, Missouri, and Louisiana, and is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Mr. Kordick, his wife, and their three children make Mascoutah, IL their home.