Jeff Combs is founder, owner and Chairman of UxC, LLC (UxC) and is a leading expert in the nuclear fuel market, with 45 years of experience providing economic analysis and forecasting for the front-end of the nuclear fuel cycle. He has extensive and varied expertise, providing strategic consulting to major commercial companies in the nuclear fuel industry, advising governments and international organizations on market and policy issues, and serving as an expert witness in various legal proceedings. Under his management, UxC has grown to become the world’s pre-eminent nuclear fuel market information and analysis company, issuing reports and publishing prices for all front-end nuclear fuel markets. In 2007, UxC teamed with CME/NYMEX to introduce the world’s first uranium futures contract. More recently, UxC has increased the scope of its services to include assessment of reactor technologies and reporting on used fuel management.
In 2018, Mr. Combs created the website atompeace.org which provides information and discusses new developments related to the peaceful use of the atom in today’s evolving world. Currently, his focus is on AtomPeace issues, and he has retired from daily project work for UxC.
Prior to joining UxC in 1994, Mr. Combs was Senior Economist at Science Applications International Corporation, where he developed the U-PRICE model of the uranium market and was managing editor of the Nuclear Fuel Market Quarterly. Mr. Combs started his career as the principal economist associated with nuclear fuel market matters for the U.S. government with the Department of Energy and its predecessor, the Energy Research and Development Administration.
In 1973 Mr. Combs earned a bachelor's degree in Economics at the University of Virginia, where he also completed his doctoral course work in economics in 1975. He is a charter member of the International Association of Energy Economics and is a member of the American Nuclear Society.
During his career, Mr. Combs has presented a number of papers at a variety of nuclear industry and energy economics conferences throughout the world. In addition, he has had his work published in academic and public policy journals and has contributed a chapter to Uranium for Nuclear Power. Because of his extensive background in nuclear fuel market matters, Mr. Combs has been interviewed and widely quoted in the media, including such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Moscow Times, Forbes, Fortune, Energy Risk, and Nuclear Industry, and has appeared on various radio and television programs.