UNC Clean Tech Speaker

Jeff Thomas

Jeff Thomas
Public Staff, Electric Division
North Carolina Utilities Commission


Jeff started with the North Carolina Public Staff in 2017 to work on the implementation of HB 589 programs, such as the Competitive Procurement of Renewable Energy. He has since expanded his role into other areas, including Integrated Resource Plans, general rate cases, avoided cost determinations, CPCN applications, cost of service, rate design, and grid modernization. As a public advocate, he represents the ratepayer’s interests in matters before the NC Utilities Commission, ensuring that the investments and planning processes of electric utilities are reasonable, prudent, and in the public interest.

Before joining the Public Staff, Jeff obtained his bachelor’s in general engineering from the University of Illinois. He worked in manufacturing operations for six years before transitioning to a new career in the energy sector, with an interest in energy economics, modeling, and emerging technologies. He obtained a master’s degree in environmental engineering at NCSU, where his studies focused on power systems and capacity expansion modeling of North Carolina’s energy sector.