James M. Welsch

James (Jim) M. Welsch

Vice President, Nuclear Generation and Chief Nuclear Officer | Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Jim Welsch is Vice President, Nuclear Generation and Chief Nuclear Officer for Pacific Gas and Electric Company and oversees its rigorous focus on nuclear safety. With nearly 40 years of nuclear and energy industry experience, he provides leadership over Diablo Canyon Power Plant operations as well as Nuclear Decommissioning for Diablo Canyon and Humboldt Bay Power Plants.


Welsch serves as the utility's lead contact with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and is a member of the Nuclear Facilities Decommissioning Master Trust Committee.


Welsch was first hired by PG&E in 1984 and has served in various leadership roles at Diablo Canyon prior to becoming Vice President, Nuclear Generation and Chief Nuclear Officer. Roles include Station Director, Operations Services Director, Operations Manager, Operations Shift Manager, Control Room Supervisor and Shift Engineer. Welsch received his Senior Reactor Operator License in 2000, he is a graduate of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations Senior Nuclear Executive Seminar and Hudson Institute of Coaching Certification Program.


A native of Danville, Illinois, Welsch holds a B.S. in Nuclear Technology from Regents College New York and served in the United States Nuclear Submarine Service from 1973 to 1979.