Entergy Corp. has named Paul Hinnenkamp as senior vice president and chief operating officer.

Hinnenkamp was senior vice president of capital project management and technology. He led the development of Ninemile 6, the first power plant built by Entergy utilities in Louisiana in 30 years. The unit was completed in December .

Hinnenkamp replaces Mark Savoff, who announced his retirement earlier this month.

Hinnenkamp will be a member of the Office of the Chief Executive and report to Leo Denault, chairman and CEO. His appointment is effective Sunday.

Hinnenkamp will be responsible for executive oversight of safety and human performance, fossil generation, transmission, system planning, capital projects management and compliance with North American Electric Reliability Corp. Critical Infrastructure Protection standards.

Denault said Hinnenkamp is suited for the position because of his experience in nuclear and fossil generation and in leading the company’s capital projects management organization.

Hinnenkamp joined the company in 2001 as vice president of operations support for Entergy’s southern nuclear fleet. He became vice president of operations for Entergy’s River Bend Station later that year. Since then, he has served in various capacities, including vice president of nuclear business development, vice president of environmental programs and infrastructure, and vice president of fossil generation development and support.

“At a time when we are deploying significant capital resources to replace aging generation and modernize our grid for enhanced reliability, Paul’s assignment as our chief operating officer will be to ensure that we do so in a manner that benefits our customers, employees, owners and communities,” Denault said.

Earlier this year, Entergy reported the need to add approximately $3.7 billion in new generation resources consisting of six new power plants by 2020 and 635 miles of new and upgraded transmission by 2022.

Entergy Louisiana is seeking approval to build a 980-megawatt plant in St. Charles Parish. The company also recently issued a request for proposals seeking up to 1,000 megawatts of new generating capacity in the Lake Charles area, with a targeted completion date of 2020.

In the western region of Texas, a separate request for proposals is underway by Entergy Texas for the development of an additional 1,000-megawatt unit, which is expected online in 2021. Smaller units are planned for the New Orleans area and, later, for southwest Louisiana.