April 16, 2018 – Press Release
CNEE Hires New Assistant Director
The Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University is pleased to announce that Suzanne Tegen has been selected as the Assistant Director of CNEE. Tegen comes to CNEE from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where she managed the Technology, Engineering, and Deployment Group. Tegen has spent 14 years at NREL researching numerous topics including the economic impacts of wind and water power projects, domestic wind and water power workforces, manufacturing and supply chains, and issues such as community engagement, wildlife interactions, and grid integration. She has provided testimony for the State of Colorado and participated in National Academy of Sciences research. In 2016, the Clean Energy Ministerial awarded Tegen a Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Award.
“At this time of dramatic transition in the U.S. energy system, Suzanne brings critical expertise in energy economics to our team. Her experience leading and managing energy research teams will build upon CNEE’s reputation as a trusted resource for legislative and regulatory policy analysis and development,” said CNEE Director Bill Ritter, Jr. former Governor of Colorado.
“I look forward to putting my experience into practice at CNEE, where I’ll engage with federal, state and local decision makers and focus on clean energy policy,” said Dr. Tegen.
Prior to NREL, Tegen worked at the Center for Resource Solutions in San Francisco and for the U.S. Antarctic Program at the South Pole and McMurdo stations. Tegen is a board member of the Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy. Tegen holds a Ph.D. in Energy Policy from the University of Colorado and completed her undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
About CNEE: Founded in 2011 and housed at Colorado State University’s Powerhouse Energy Campus, CNEE is an initiative led by Colorado’s 41st Governor, Bill Ritter, Jr. and assisted by a team of energy and environmental policy experts. The Center works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, utilities, and other stakeholders by providing technical and strategic assistance to help decision makers create policies that facilitate America’s transition to a clean energy economy.