Tom Husted Bio
• Chief Executive Officer, Valley Electric Association, Inc.,
• Chief Executive Officer, Valley Electric Transmission Association, Inc.
Since November of 2006, Thomas Husted has served as Chief Executive Officer of Pahrump, Nevada based Valley Electric Association Inc. Valley Electric Association is the first utility outside the state of California to enlist participation in the California Independent System Operator Corporation (CAISO).
Mr. Husted has led the rural utility business through remarkable growth and progress in his tenure. He has over 30 years of experience in the utility industry across the Western U.S., including over 20 years as a CEO, beginning at the age of 31. Mr. Husted has initiated change and fostered development in the areas of management, power systems development, operations, marketing, and communications. In 2005, his utility developed a community communications system by opening up the utility’s network and developed the largest WIFI hotspot in the U.S. covering over 1,500 square miles.
He has guided VEA through times of unprecedented growth and expansion and in 2009 Valley Electric Association launched the largest domestic solar water heating program of its kind in North America. Presently, VEA has over 2,000 megawatts of solar generation in its interconnection queue.
Mr. Husted has been actively involved in various utility and consumer power management organizations during his career. He was previously a member of the Board of Directors of a generation and transmission company in Kansas, and he presently sits on the Board of Directors for a power generation company in Arizona. He has had multiple gubernatorial appointments to statewide task forces dealing with renewable energy and transmission issues and currently is a member of the Nevada New Energy Industry Task Force.