Chad Thomson, P.E.

Director, Principal Power Systems Engineer

Academic Background

  • M.E. Electrical Engineering, with a specialty in Power Systems, University of Idaho, Moscow, 2009
  • Power System Protection & Relaying Certificate, University of Idaho, 2003
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, with a specialty in Power Systems, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1999

Professional Experience

Chad Thomson is an engineering professional with a strong technical background and a deep understanding of the electrical utility industry. Mr. Thomson has over 17 years of experience specializing in transmission system planning engineering. Mr. Thomson has a strong working knowledge of the analytic tools that support the system performance evaluation and capital planning processes used by electric utilities. Mr. Thomson joined Utility System Efficiencies, Inc. (USE) in June of 2001.

While employed at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in its transmission planning department, Mr. Thomson had an integral part in developing and executing PG&E’s Annual Assessment process. Mr. Thomson performed local and regional area reliability studies for Northern California. Mr. Thomson also performed generation interconnection studies to assess the transmission impacts of proposed generation plants. Specific analytic tasks performed include load flow analysis, transient stability analysis, post-transient voltage analysis, probabilistic reliability assessments and engineering economic evaluation of capital project alternatives.