National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Suzanne Tegen manages the Wind and Water Deployment section at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where she has been for 12 years. A policy analyst by training, her current research interests include:
- The interaction between wind energy and radar, wildlife, and local communities
- Economic impacts (including jobs) from renewable energy using NREL's Jobs and Economic Development Impacts (JEDI) models
- Community, economic and other effects from fixed bottom and floating offshore wind plants
- Renewable energy education and workforce development
- Assessing and expanding diversity in the energy workforce
- Potential energy production areas of co-existing and conflicting uses in domestic offshore areas
She has authored technical reports on economic impacts from distributed wind, utility-scale wind, offshore wind, community wind, and water power projects. She also studies the domestic wind and water power workforces including which types of jobs are needed in the long term. Suzanne spent one year as an NREL liaison to the Department of Energy’s Wind Program in Washington, D.C. She has provided invited testimony for the state of Colorado and Colorado Energy Office, has participated in National Academy of Sciences research, and was a reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies (Energy Policy) from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor of the Arts in German Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her interests include local, domestic and global energy and environmental policy, climate change, environmental justice, and wind and water power systems.
She was awarded the Clean Energy, Education & Empowerment’s Government Award in 2016, and she serves on the non-profit board for Women of Wind Energy.
Prior to NREL, Suzanne worked for the Center for Resource Solutions and the U.S. Antarctic Program at South Pole and McMurdo Stations.
She currently advises ENVS graduate students at the University of Colorado and co-teaches ENST 5000 – Energy Science and Technology.