Technology, Engineering and Deployment Manager for Wind and Water Power, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Suzanne Tegen manages a talented team of engineers and analysts dedicated to the responsible deployment of clean energy and microgrids around the world. She recently completed a multiyear 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 domestic hydropower workforce and the levelized cost of wind energy, and she co-wrote a report on clean energy policies for the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Clean Energy Solutions Center. In addition, she is updating the National Wind Skills Assessment, which shows that women make up approximately 28% of the U.S. wind workforce, racial and ethnic minorities make up about 25%, and veterans make up about 11%. She represents the United States in the International Energy Agency’s wind energy social acceptance task. 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 a jobs and techno-economic analysis 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 and Gulf Coasts. She has written more than 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 diversity training for her staff, other women in clean energy, and youth. She is a founding board member of Women in Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE) and serves on the Executive Committee. She actively participates in the WRISE fellowship process, bringing young women into the clean energy arena. She educates students, teachers, and co-workers about the importance of diversity in our current and future workforce. She has a PhD in Energy Policy from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before 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.