New Plant Manager Hired for Tenaska Kiamichi Generating Station


Tom Hanes Brings more than 14 Years of Power Plant Operations Experience


KIOWA, Oklahoma – Tenaska has hired Tom Hanes to oversee operations at Tenaska Kiamichi Generating Station near Kiowa, Okla. Hanes replaces plant manager Frank Carelli, who is taking on a new role within Tenaska. Frank served as plant manager since 2018.

“Tom’s demonstrated expertise and strong leadership skills make him a great fit for the job,” said Todd Jonas, Tenaska senior vice president of operations. “His industry experience, including most recently serving as assistant plant manager at Kiamichi Generating Station, have prepared him well for the position and will compliment his efforts to maintain and reinforce Tenaska’s reputation for best-in-class operations at the facility.”

As plant manager, Hanes will oversee the day-to-day operations, including responsibility for environmental, safety, community relations and efficiency programs.

“I am honored to take on this new role. The team at Kiowa has an outstanding commitment to best-in-class operations and are good neighbors in the community,” Hanes said. “The team at Kiowa has been led by very good leaders over the years and we will continue to look for opportunities to enhance the efficiency of the facility and support our local communities.”

Hanes joined Tenaska in 2019 as maintenance manager before his promotion to assistant plant manager in 2021. He has more than 14 years of power plant operations experience, including roles as plant operator and station manager with Duke/Progress Energy. Hanes holds a bachelor’s degree in power engineer technology from Marine Maritime Academy.

Fueled by clean-burning natural gas, Tenaska Kiamichi produces 1,220 megawatts of electricity.

The plant is a large taxpayer in Pittsburg County, contributing more than $51 million in property taxes to date. In 2021, the plant injected more than $8.5 million in salaries and payments to local contractors and vendors into the area economy. In addition, employees volunteered 570 hours to support local community and charitable projects.

Kiowa Power Partners, LLC is comprised of affiliates of Tenaska, Tyr Energy, Inc. and JERA Co., Inc.

About Kiowa Power Partners, LLC

Kiowa Power Partners, LLC was formed to build, own and operate the Tenaska Kiamichi Generating Station. Today, Kiowa Power Partners is comprised of affiliates of Tenaska, Tyr Energy, Inc. and JERA Co., Inc. Affiliates of Tenaska, an energy company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, serve as the managing partner and operator.

About Tenaska

Tenaska is proud to be one of the leading independent energy companies in the United States, with a reputation for high standards and expertise in natural gas and electric power marketing, energy management, development and acquisition of energy assets, and operation of generating facilities. Forbes magazine consistently ranks Tenaska among the largest private U.S. companies. Gross operating revenues were $18.4 billion in 2021. Cumulatively, Tenaska has raised more than $18 billion in aggregate financings and has never missed a principle or interest payment on any project or corporate debt facility.

Tenaska has developed, managed and/or operated approximately 22 gigawatts (GW) of natural gas-fueled and renewables generation. Its development portfolios include more than 23 GW of solar, wind and energy storage projects. The current Tenaska operating fleet includes 7.5 GW of generating facilities.

Tenaska Marketing Ventures consistently ranks among the top five largest natural gas marketers in North America and is the top-ranked natural gas pipeline capacity trader. Tenaska Power Services Co. is the leading U.S. provider of energy management services to generation and demand-side customers.

Tenaska was named a U.S. Best Managed Company, a recognition given by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal to private companies that demonstrate excellence in strategic planning and execution, corporate culture and financial results.

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