Charlie Gates, Executive Vice President of Power Operations
Charlie Gates joined Calpine as Executive Vice President of Power Operations in April 2016. Previously, Mr. Gates had served as Senior Vice President and Chief Fossil/Hydro Officer for Duke Energy Corporation since August 2014. He had been Duke’s SVP of Power Generation Operations since July 2012, when Progress Energy merged with Duke. Mr. Gates had served in a similar capacity for Progress since January 2012 after being promoted from Vice President of Fossil Generation for Progress Energy for the Carolinas and Florida. He was previously General Manager of Progress Energy Florida from the time the company merged with Carolina Power & Light Company in 2001 to 2006. Mr. Gates began his power industry career with Carolina Power & Light in 1982 as an associate engineer and moved up through increasingly responsible positions to become General Manager of five fossil-fuel plants in 2000. Mr. Gates’ other industry leadership roles include serving as Chairman of the Generation Council for the Electric Power Research Institute. He earned bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University and in political science from the University of North Carolina.