Scott Wentzell

Scott Wentzell
Master of Environmental Management, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 2019

Scott is a first year Master in Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry. His work focuses on the business imperative to act on climate change and the evolving role of the electric utility sector in a carbon-constrained world. He is particularly interested in helping utilities and their customers navigate the inevitable transition to a renewably-powered economy. Scott is currently a research assistant for the Center for Business and Environment at Yale focused on new curriculum development and clean energy finance. Prior to FES, Scott worked as a project manager for Environmental Defense Fund where he partnered with key businesses and public agencies to accelerate the adoption of clean energy technologies, set aggressive greenhouse gas targets and transition to 100% renewable energy.

Scott holds a BA in Anthropology from Colby College and is a former AmeriCorps and New Sector Alliance fellow.

Authored Articles
As of Q3 2018, the solar industry has deployed a total of 60 GW of capacity across the United States, according to the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA). By now, solar PV is no longer seen as a risky investment, but a mature industry. For years, much of the activity in solar deployment has been concentrated in just a few markets like California, Arizona or Massachusetts. Unsurprisingly, the markets that have shown the greatest growth over the past decade have also become highly competitive both in terms of the sheer number of active solar developers and installers, but also in...