MCR's zero base budgeting process enabled us to redeploy our resources to better use and to get better value back for the company. The owners of this plant appreciated the results of this project, which have a direct impact on their bottom line.
—Chief Nuclear Officer

Nuclear Generation

MCR’s Nuclear Generation clients operate facilities in the US, Canada and Japan. Some operate in regulated markets and others in competitive markets but they each share a common goal: Reduce and control costs in order to compete with renewable energy and natural gas fired generation.

Our clients come to us for one reason: we are the industry leader in reducing nuclear costs. We use our enhanced zero-base budgeting process to reduce operations and maintenance (O&M) costs. We can help you optimize capital expenditures with our unique capital project evaluation and approval process. We develop life cycle management plans to help you avoid future spending surprises and reduce the long-term cost curve.

Through our consulting assignments we have helped our clients realize savings totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.

Key Staff

Tim Schlimpert, Vice President

Tim is a Vice President at MCR and leads the Nuclear Generation practice. He has more than 30 years of utility industry experience in nuclear power plant operations, maintenance, work control, business operations, process improvement and technology solutions, and has achieved significant performance improvements for his clients. Tim provides the often elusive connection between corporate strategy, long-range planning/budgeting, work management and technology through industry-leading life cycle management practices.


Mike Murphy, Vice President

Mike has over two decades of experience in the development and implementation of business management software, data warehousing and document management applications. As a Vice President at MCR, he designs, develops and deploys data warehouse and reporting solutions, using MCR technology and client-specified tools and technology. Mike has deep expertise in working with and implementing information systems for nuclear generation plants, including equipment reliability, system health management, work management, long range planning, budgeting and reporting.


Adam Dow, Manager

Adam is a Manager in the Nuclear Generation practice at MCR. He has over 10 years of experience in the nuclear energy industry in areas of engineering, corporate finance, equipment reliability, long range planning and utility management. Adam leverages this wide-ranging skillset in agile responses to client issues through robust application of technology, analytics and data-driven solutions. He has played a key role in advancing MCR’s capabilities in driving cost-effective nuclear operations.


What we Do Learn morearrow

  • Zero-base budgeting
  • Capital project evaluation
  • Life cycle management planning
  • Long range planning
  • Management reporting
  • Capitalization policies and procedures

Client Stories

Updating a Unit of Property Catalogue for a Government Utility

A government utility needed to expedite completion of the catalogue review and update, ensure quality of the final deliverables and minimize overall cost; the utility enlisted the assistance of MCR.

Helping a large dual unit station achieve significant reductions in O&M costs

A large dual unit station in the west needed to reduce O&M costs in order to become more competitive in its market and asked MCR to help.

Improving long range planning processes and systems for the operator of a large nuclear fleet

An operator of multiple nuclear facilities had a vision and master plan to sustain the business and achieve excellence by supporting good near-term operational decisions and laying the groundwork for long-term success. A key component of the master plan was to create a strong business planning culture across the nuclear organization.

Integrating capitalization policies and units of property for a nuclear fleet merger

Upon completing its merger with another utility, our client needed to integrate its capitalization policies and unit of property (UoP) catalogues for its expanded nuclear fleet and overall utility property. The merger presented an opportunity to align capitalization policies, incorporate best practices and resolve previous organizational disputes. MCR had previously worked with our client on UoP catalogue integration for its merger with a former utility and was asked to assist again.

Optimizing capital spending for a large nuclear fleet

A large utility in the south had a strategic objective to become the best managed nuclear fleet in the nation as measured by its ability to achieve a rank of first or second among all US nuclear fleets in key performance indicators. The nuclear organization identified MCR’s unique approach to developing business cases as a best practice and asked us to work with their staff for implementation.

Determining and managing long-term costs and reliability with life cycle management plans for a nuclear operation in the south

A large utility in the south operates a fleet of three nuclear plants that were facing uncertain future investment requirements. The company decided to develop life cycle management plans (LCM) plans for key plant systems across the nuclear fleet and chose MCR to help.

Achieving annual cost targets at Ontario Power’s Darlington Nuclear Generating Station

Darlington Nuclear Generating Station was facing a very large spending gap between budget projection and target. MCR worked with Darlington to identify saving opportunities and put the plant on a path to achieve its cost targets.

Creating significant cost reductions at Energy Northwest’s Columbia Generating Station

When Energy Northwest was looking at ways to cut costs, they asked MCR for help. After performing a deep analysis, MCR developed a long-term strategy that led to $23 million in savings over three years.

Key Staff

Tim Schlimpert, Vice President

Tim is a Vice President at MCR and leads the Nuclear Generation practice. He has more than 30 years of utility industry experience in nuclear power plant operations, maintenance, work control, business operations, process improvement and technology solutions, and has achieved significant performance improvements for his clients. Tim provides the often elusive connection between corporate strategy, long-range planning/budgeting, work management and technology through industry-leading life cycle management practices.


Mike Murphy, Vice President

Mike has over two decades of experience in the development and implementation of business management software, data warehousing and document management applications. As a Vice President at MCR, he designs, develops and deploys data warehouse and reporting solutions, using MCR technology and client-specified tools and technology. Mike has deep expertise in working with and implementing information systems for nuclear generation plants, including equipment reliability, system health management, work management, long range planning, budgeting and reporting.


Adam Dow, Manager

Adam is a Manager in the Nuclear Generation practice at MCR. He has over 10 years of experience in the nuclear energy industry in areas of engineering, corporate finance, equipment reliability, long range planning and utility management. Adam leverages this wide-ranging skillset in agile responses to client issues through robust application of technology, analytics and data-driven solutions. He has played a key role in advancing MCR’s capabilities in driving cost-effective nuclear operations.