Frank Novachek, Xcel Energy, Denver, Colo.

Frank Novachek is the director of corporate planning for Xcel Energy. He has more than 30 years of diverse experience with the company. The first half of his career was spent at the Fort St. Vrain Nuclear Generating Station (the only commercial advanced high temperature gas-cooled nuclear reactor in the United States), where he was involved in its start-up, operation and final shutdown. The most recent half of his career has had a more corporate focus, serving in a variety of roles, from chief internal auditor to director of product development to his current position. Mr. Novachek was also the integration manager for the two multi-billion dollar mergers that created New Century Energies in the mid-1990s and, ultimately, Xcel Energy in 2000. During the past five years, as a part of his role in corporate planning, he has become the company's focal point for the research and development of plans and strategies around energy storage and Xcel Energy's possible roles in the future hydrogen-electric economy. He chairs the Hydrogen Utility Group, which represents the hydrogen interests of electric utilities across North America and Korea, is a member of the Secretary of Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee, and is a member of the National Hydrogen Association's Board of Directors.


Mr. Novachek holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Colorado State University and a master's of business administration from the University of Colorado.


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