Chifong Thomas

Director, Transmission Planning and Strategy

Chifong has more than 40 years of utility experience, more than 37 of which in electric transmission planning for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) system ranging from 60 kV to 500 kV. Prior to joining Smart Wires, she managed transmission interconnection for solar thermal power plants ranging from 200 MW to 1,000 MW for BrightSource Energy, Inc.

Chifong has conducted and supervised transmission planning studies to develop transmission plans for PG&E. She has served as expert witness in various regulatory and judicial forums;  she has developed methodologies, led and participated in developing processes and criteria for PG&E and WECC.  She has also served on various WECC task forces, NERC Standards Drafting Teams, Industry Advisory Committees of California Energy Commission (CEC), EPRI and NREL; and Technical Advisory Committee to the California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Ms Thomas holds a BSEE degree from Washington State University and is a registered Electrical Engineer in the State of California. She is also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).