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Debiec to step down after 34-year career with electric cooperatives

Jim Debiec, vice president of operations and asset management for Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), has announced his retirement effective July 6 after 22 years with the not-for-profit wholesale electric generation-and-transmission provider.

Debiec began his cooperative career in 1978, when he began working for Basin Electric Power Cooperative, a generation-and-transmission cooperative that serves 134 member cooperatives in a nine-state area of the upper Midwest.  At Basin, Debiec gained expertise in managing the construction of high voltage transmission lines as well as upgrades to existing coal-fired power plants. 

After joining ODEC in 1990 as project engineer for the Clover Power Station in Halifax, Debiec relocated his family to the nearby town of South Boston. 

In 1994, he was promoted to construction manager for the project. At the time it went online in 1995, Clover was one of the cleanest coal-fired power plants East of the Mississippi, a distinction it holds to this day.

In 1999, Debiec became director of power production responsible for the oversight of both Clover and North Anna Power Stations and the design and construction of ODEC’s Rock Springs, Louisa and Marsh Run Combustion Turbine generating stations. 

He has worked out of ODEC headquarters in Glen Allen for the past 13 years, commuting to spend weekends in Halifax County.  In his current position, he manages and sets policies for all of ODEC’s owned power-generation assets, and provides leadership to develop future generation resources through potential acquisitions or construction. 

After retirement, Debiec plans to stay active in his local community. 

“When I look back on my 34 years as part of the cooperative family, what impressed me the most is how members stand together for a common cause. I want to continue to give back to the community where I have  lived for the past 22 years,” he said.