Manager of Wind and Water Power Deployment, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Suzanne Tegen manages a talented team of engineers and analysts dedicated to the responsible deployment of clean energy around the world. She recently completed a multi-year research project to assess and quantify key siting considerations for wind energy, including public engagement, radar, transmission, and wildlife. She has authored reports on the levelized cost of wind energy and co-wrote a report on clean energy policies for the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Clean Energy Solutions Center. In addition, she wrote the National Wind Skills Assessment—a first-of-its-kind study on the domestic wind workforce—which shows that women constitute approximately 20% of the U.S. wind workforce. She plays an active role in the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition, inspiring students to work in the clean energy arena. In addition, Tegen is working on economic and technical analyses of offshore wind for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, contributing some of the first studies to characterize the resource and its potential economic impacts along the Pacific Coast. She has written over 50 publications and given countless presentations on responsible renewable energy development across the country. Beyond her job requirements, Tegen is passionate about mentoring and energy education, delivering training for her staff, other women in clean energy, and youth. She is a founding board member of Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) and serves on the Executive Committee and as the board liaison to the Mentoring Committee. She helped define and expand WoWE’s mentoring program to serve more than 100 young women, and she actively participates in the WoWE fellowship process. She educates students, teachers, and co-workers about the importance of diversity in our current and future workforce. Prior to graduate school, she worked for the U.S. Antarctic Program at the South Pole and McMurdo stations and for the Center for Resource Solutions in San Francisco. She has a PhD in Energy Policy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.