Brad Sawatzke

Chief Operating Officer; Chief Nuclear Officer
Portrait of Bradley Sawatzke

Brad Sawatzke joined Energy Northwest as Vice President of Nuclear Generation/Chief Nuclear Officer on Dec. 6, 2010. In December of 2014 Brad was appointed as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nuclear Officer with responsibility for all Energy Northwest generating units.

Prior to joining Energy Northwest, he served as Director of Site Operations at the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant with Xcel Energy.  Brad worked for NSP/NMC/Xcel Energy for nearly 29 years. The majority of that time was spent at the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant where he held positions in Operations and Training prior to holding the Performance Assessment Manager, Maintenance Manager and Plant Manager positions.

Brad holds a Bachelor of Science and Applied Physics from Winona State University and is a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program. He has also held a reactor operator and senior reactor operator license at the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant, a boiling water reactor. 

Brad also serves on the United Way of Benton & Franklin counties board of directors and Community Solutions board, Northwest Public Power Association board, and is a member of the Columbia Basin College Nuclear Technology Advisory board. 

Energy Northwest is a joint operating agency serving the needs of public power by providing reliable, low-cost electricity while promoting public power activities in the region.  It has received numerous awards and recognition for its hiring of veterans, employee philanthropy and community service.  Energy Northwest was also recognized by the Association of Washington Business as the “2016 Employer of the Year” for its innovative job retention, creation and compensation plans that foster a thriving work environment.