Professor Stephen Thomas BSc, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Energy Policy

Key details

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.

Recent publications

Article

Thomas, Steve and , (2014), Why plans for AGR life extensions may not succeed. Energy Intelligence Group, Inc.. In: , , , . Energy Intelligence Group, Inc., Nuclear Intelligence Weekly, VIII (41) . pp. 8-9 ISSN: 1940-574X (Print), (doi: http://www.energyintel.com/pages/login.aspx?fid=art&DocId=863129).

Thomas, Steve and , (2014), Progress with energy markets in Europe. Franco Angeli Edizioni. In: , , , . Franco Angeli Edizioni, Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment, 2014 (1) . pp. 5-26 ISSN: 2280-7659 (Print), 2280-7667 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3280/EFE2014-001001).

Thomas, Steve and , (2013), Briefing: Can nuclear be built with state aid? [guest post]. Greenpeace UK. In: , , , . Greenpeace UK, Greenpeace EnergyDesk (doi: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/newsdesk/energy/analysis/briefing-can-nuclear-be-built-state-aid).

Thomas, Steve and , (2013), The world market for nuclear power plants / Il mercato mondiale degli impianti nucleari. AGI Energia. In: , , , . AGI Energia, AGI Energia (doi: http://www.agienergia.it/Notizia.aspx?idd=1009&id=48&ante=0).

Thomas, Steve and , (2013), Global Insider: Jordan’s nuclear energy program faces numerous hurdles. World Politics Review LLC. In: , , , . World Politics Review LLC, World Politics Review (doi: http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/trend-lines/12822/global-insider-jordan-s-nuclear-energy-program-faces-numerous-hurdles).

Thomas, Steve and , (2013), China unlikely to be shining light for nuclear. chinadialogue.net. In: , , , . chinadialogue.net, chinadialogue (doi: http://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/5683-China-unlikely-to-be-shining-light-for-nuclear).

Thomas, Steve and , (2013), L’industria nucleare a due anni da Fukushima: quali prospettive?. AGI – Agenzia Italia / RIE – Ricerche Industriali ed Energetiche. In: , , , . AGI – Agenzia Italia / RIE – Ricerche Industriali ed Energetiche, AgiEnergia (doi: http://www.agienergia.it/Analisi.aspx?idd=270&id=68&ante=0).

Thomas, Steve and , (2013), Nukleare: l'accordo di Hinkley Point. Ricerche Industriali ed Energetiche. In: , , , . Ricerche Industriali ed Energetiche, Rivista Energia, 2013 (4) . pp. 26-30 (doi: http://www.rie.it/rivista-energia/).

Thomas, Steve and , (2012), SA’s nuclear launch plan may fail again. SABC. In: , , , . SABC, SABC News (doi: http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/d75056804d56f534880cf9e570eb4ca2/SA%E2%80%99s-nuclear-launch-plan-may-fail-again-20120511).

Thomas, Stephen D. and , (2012), Not too smart an innovation: Britain's plans to switch consumers to smart electricity and gas meters. Multi-Science Publishing. In: , , , . Multi-Science Publishing, Energy & Environment, 23 (6-7) . pp. 1057-1074 ISSN: 0958-305X (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1260/0958-305X.23.6-7.1057).

Thomas, Steve and , (2012), What will the Fukushima disaster change?. Elsevier Ltd.. In: , , , . Elsevier Ltd., Energy Policy, 45 . pp. 12-17 ISSN: 0301-4215 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2012.02.010).

Thomas, Stephen and , (2012), Economics of nuclear energy. The Helen Suzman Foundation. In: , , , . The Helen Suzman Foundation, Focus: The Journal of the Helen Suzman Foundation (64) . pp. 49-54 ISSN: 1680-9822 (Print), (doi: http://www.hsf.org.za/).

Thomas, Steve and , (2012), Prospects for nuclear power in 2012. Platts, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.. In: , , , . Platts, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., Energy Economist, 364 . pp. 6-10 ISSN: 0262-7108 (Print), (doi: ).

Thomas, Steve and , (2012), “Smart meters” for energy threaten health and welfare of poor and vulnerable households, says energy expert. AlphaGalileo Foundation Ltd.. In: , , , . AlphaGalileo Foundation Ltd., AlphaGalileo [Website] (doi: http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=116499&CultureCode=en).

Thomas, Steve and , (2012), Prospects for nuclear power in Europe. Ifo Institute. In: , , , . Ifo Institute, CESifo DICE Report, 10 (3) . pp. 3-8 ISSN: 1612-0663 (Print), 1613-6373 (Online) (doi: http://www.cesifo-group.de/ifoHome/publications/docbase/details.html?docId=19069664).

Thomas, Stephen and , (2011), Gli stress test nucleari in Europa / Nuclear stress tests in Europe. AGI-Agenzia Giornalistica Italia S.p.A. In: , , , . AGI-Agenzia Giornalistica Italia S.p.A, AGI Energia [Website] (doi: http://www.agienergia.it/Notizia.aspx?idd=712&id=49&ante=0).

Schneider, Mycle , Froggatt, Antony, Thomas, Steve (2011), 2010-2011 world nuclear industry status report. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 67 (4) . pp. 60-77 ISSN: 0096-3402 (Print), 1938-3282 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0096340211413539).

Thomas, Stephen and , (2011), Fukushima: parola fine sulla «rinascita» nucleare?. Ricerche Industriali ed Energetiche / Automobile Club d'Italia. In: , , , . Ricerche Industriali ed Energetiche / Automobile Club d'Italia, Energia, 32 (2) . pp. 28-35 ISSN: 0392-7911 (Print), (doi: http://www.rie.it/details?id=39).

Thomas, Steve and , (2011), The Pebble Bed Modular Reactor: An obituary. Elsevier Ltd.. In: , , , . Elsevier Ltd., Energy Policy, 39 (5) . pp. 2431-2440 ISSN: 0301-4215 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2011.01.066).

Thomas, Stephen and , (2011), The nuclear renaissance. Platts / The McGraw Hill Companies, Inc.. In: , , , . Platts / The McGraw Hill Companies, Inc., Energy Economist (253) . pp. 23-26 ISSN: 0262-7108 (Print), (doi: ).

Thomas, Stephen and , (2011), EPR sull’orlo di una crisi. La Nuova Ecologia soc. coop.. In: , , , . La Nuova Ecologia soc. coop., QualEnergia, IX (1) . pp. 36-40 (doi: http://qualenergia.it/node/8588).

Thomas, Stephen and , (2010), The nuclear power plant shall not be mourned, but its 9bn price-tag will. Big Issue South Africa. In: , , , . Big Issue South Africa, Big Issue South Africa, 170 (doi: ).

Thomas, Stephen and , (2010), Obituary: the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor shall not be mourned, but its R9bn price-tag will. Big Issue (South Africa). In: , , , . Big Issue (South Africa), Big Issue (South Africa) . pp. 20-23 (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Thomas, Stephen and , (2010), Pebble bed project's closure generates explosive debate. Independent Online, a division of Independent Newspapers (Pty) Limited. In: , , , . Independent Online, a division of Independent Newspapers (Pty) Limited, Business Report (doi: http://www.iol.co.za/business/opinion/pebble-bed-project-s-closure-generates-explosive-debate-1.693146).

Thomas, Stephen and , (2010), Stiamo davvero assistendo alla Rinascita Nucleare? / Is the nuclear Renaissance happening?. AGI. In: , , , . AGI, AGI Energia (doi: http://www.agienergia.it/Analisi.aspx?idd=144&id=68&ante=0).

Book section

Thomas, Steve and , (2014), The economics of nuclear power plant lifetime extension. Greenpeace Switzerland. In: , , In: Jan Haverkamp (ed.), Lifetime extension of ageing nuclear power plants: Entering a new era of risk. A report commissionned by Greenpeac. Greenpeace Switzerland, Zurich, Switzerland . pp. 66-98 (doi: http://www.greenpeace.nl/Global/nederland/2014/Documenten/Rapport%20Lifetime%20extension%20of%20ageing%20nuclear%20power%20plants.pdf).

Thomas, Stephen and , (2013), The nuclear power plant supply chain. Greenpeace International. In: , , In: Brian Blomme, Steve Erwood, Nina Schulz, Rianne Teule (eds.), Fukushima Fallout: Nuclear business makes people pay and suffe. Greenpeace International, Amsterdam, Netherlands . pp. 38-62 (doi: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/Global/international/publications/nuclear/2013/FukushimaFallout.pdf).

Thomas, Steve and , (2012), Foreword. Palgrave Macmillan. In: , , In: Martin Cohen, Andrew McKillop (eds.), The Doomsday Machine: The High Price of Nuclear Energy, the World's Most Dangerous Fue. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, USA . pp. vii-xiv . ISBN: 9780230338340 (doi: ).

Thomas, Stephen and , (2010), What will be required of the British government to build the next nuclear power plant?. Strategic Studies Institute. In: , , In: Henry D. Sokolski (ed.), Nuclear power's global expansion: weighing its costs and risk. Strategic Studies Institute, Carlisle, PA, USA . pp. 279-334 . ISBN: 1584874783 (doi: http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=1041).

Thomas, Stephen and , (2010), The credit crunch and nuclear power. Strategic Studies Institute. In: , , In: Henry D. Sokolski (ed.), Nuclear power's global expansion: weighing its costs and risk. Strategic Studies Institute, Carlisle, PA, USA . pp. 125-148 . ISBN: 1584874783 (doi: http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=1041).

Thomas, Stephen and , (2010), The history of wholesale electricity market design in Great Britain. Green Alliance. In: , , , Towards a bright future: transforming the electricity marke. Green Alliance, London . pp. 10-13 . ISBN: 9781905869381 (doi: http://www.green-alliance.org.uk/uploadedFiles/BrightFuture_final.pdf).

Thomas, Stephen and , (2010), What future for nuclear power in a liberalised energy market?. Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. In: , , In: Ian Rutledge, Philip Wright (eds.), UK energy policy and the end of market fundamentalis. Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Oxford, UK . pp. 309-331 . ISBN: 9780199593002 (hbk) (doi: http://www.oxfordenergy.org/bookdetails.php?oies37).

Thomas, Steve and , Heinrich Böll Foundation (2010), The economics of nuclear power: an update. Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. In: , , In: Annett Waltersdorf (ed.), Myth of Nuclear Power - A Guid. Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Brussels, Belgium . pp. 1-72 (doi: http://www.boell.eu/downloads/Thomas_The_Economics_of_Nuclear_Power.pdf).

Conference item

Thomas, Steve and , (2013), The British nuclear power programme: a failure of policy. In: Global Energy Systems Conference: Our Dynamic Earth, 26-28 June 2013, Edinburgh, UK , . , (doi: http://glocast.com/webcasts/global_energy_systems_conference_2013/2.3_Stephen_Thomas.html).

Monograph

Thomas, Steve and , (2014), Funding nuclear decommissioning: Lessons for South Africa. Pay more for nuclear: Report 2. Earthlife Africa. In: , , , . Earthlife Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa (doi: http://earthlife.org.za/www/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/nuclear-cost_report2.pdf).

Thomas, Steve and , (2014), Nuclear technology options for South Africa. Pay more for nuclear: Report 1. Earthlife Africa. In: , , , . Earthlife Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa (doi: http://earthlife.org.za/www/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/nuclear-cost_report1.pdf).

Thomas, Steve and , (2014), What does it take to finance new nuclear power plants? Pay more for nuclear: Report 3. Earthlife Africa. In: , , , . Earthlife Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa (doi: http://earthlife.org.za/www/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/nuclear-cost_report3.pdf).

Thomas, Stephen and , (2010), The EPR in crisis. PSIRU. In: , , , . PSIRU, Greenwich, London, UK (doi: ).

Other

Yurchenko, Yuliya and , Thomas, Stephen (2015), EU renewable energy policy: successes, challenges, and market reforms. Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU). In: , , , . Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), Greenwich, London (doi: http://www.psiru.org/sites/default/files/2015-03-E-RenewableEnergyReport.pdf).

Video

Thomas, Steve and , (2013), Case example on energy markets: the UK power market. Florence School of Regulation, European University Institute. In: FSRegulation Energy and Climate, , Florence School of Regulation (FSR), Florence, Italy , . Florence School of Regulation, European University Institute, (doi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ADj1C52Ow4).