Professor Stephen Thomas BSc, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Energy Policy

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Professor Stephen D Thomas
BSc, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Energy Policy


Professor Stephen Thomas was a member of the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex from 1979-2000 in the Energy Policy Programme. He was a member of the Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) at the University of Greenwich Business School, as energy policy. 

Professor Thomas has published widely in the field of energy policy research. His most recent research has focused on nuclear power policy, corporate policies of European energy utilities, economic regulation of energy and smart meters.

Recognition

  • Member of the team appointed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to carry out the official economic due diligence study for the project to replace the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (1997).
  • Member of an international panel appointed by the South African Department of Minerals and Energy to carry out a study of the technical and economic viability of a new design of nuclear power plant, the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (2001-02).
  • Member of an independent team appointed by Eletronuclear (Brazil) to carry out an assessment of the economics of completing the Angra dos Reis 3 nuclear power plant (2002).
  • Member of a team appointed by the Inter-American Development Bank to advise the Brazilian government on reform to their electricity industry (2003).
  • Editor of the journal Energy Policy and member of the editorial boards of Utilities Policy and Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment.
  • He is a member of the Radiological Protection Advisory Committee to the Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland.
  • He is a member of the International Nuclear Risk Assessment Group.

Research / Scholarly interests

    Professor Thomas's recent research has focused on nuclear power policy, particularly the economics of new nuclear power plants, reactor life-extension and reactor decommissioning. He has also worked extensively on the corporate policies of the large European international energy utilities, on the economic regulation of network energy and on the deployment of smart meters.