Meet Brent Bailey

Brent Bailey

Vice President of Operations

About Brent:

Brent Bailey joined Efficient Power & Light in April 2024 to assist leadership in growing the company, offering new services, and expanding its reach into new market sectors.

Prior to joining the team at Efficient Power & Light, Brent served as Mississippi Public Service Commissioner for the Central District of Mississippi beginning in January 2020. He completed his term in January 2024.

While at the Public Service Commission, Commissioner Bailey served on three committees of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners: the Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal, the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, and the Committee on Critical Infrastructure. Brent was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Organization of MISO States and a member of the NARUC-DOE Nuclear Energy Partnership, the NARUC-NASEO Advanced Nuclear State Collaborative and the NARUC Electric Vehicle State Working Group.

As a strong consumer advocate, Brent ensured transparency in government and Commission actions through his weekly newsletters to keep the public informed on the issues that could impact constituents. During the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak, Commissioner Bailey worked with utility providers to assist customers in a time of economic distress. Following the extreme winter events in February 2021, Commissioner Bailey led an investigation by the Commission into the resiliency of our utility systems, ensuring critical components are adequately winterized and prioritizing power flow to essential facilities — such as hospitals, police stations, fire stations and long-term care facilities. Over his term, Commissioner Bailey approved billions of dollars of utility-scale clean energy generation facilities, including solar and wind, and battery energy storage systems. Prior to taking office, Brent served as State Activities Coordinator with the 25×25 Initiative from October 2006 to December 2019, working with a broad cross-section of Mississippians and Southeast region stakeholders to mobilize support for energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives, and to convey the consumers’ role in a new national energy strategy. During this time, Brent participated in numerous dockets and rule-making proceedings at the Mississippi Public Service Commission, including the crafting of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Rule and the Net Metering and Interconnection Rule. Before joining the 25×25 Initiative, Brent worked at the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation and served as the organization’s Environmental Programs Coordinator for over seven years and later as the Director of Membership Programs. Brent also worked as an Environmental Scientist at Pickering, Inc. assisting clients with environmental, health and safety issues. Brent is a graduate of Carthage High School. He attended East Central Community College before transferring to Mississippi State University to earn his degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering in 1994 while earning a letter and scholarship as a football walk-on. He received the MSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Achievement Award and was inducted into the East Central Community College Athletic Hall of Fame. He currently serves on the Board of the Southeast Climate and Energy Network and was recently appointed to the MSU Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Advisory Council. A sixth generation Mississippian, Brent has lived in Madison County with his wife Rhonda for 22 years.