Scott Wentzell

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

Scott is a second year Master’s 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 the emerging US offshore wind industry. Scott is currently a research assistant for the Center for Business and Environment at Yale focused on new curriculum development and clean energy finance. Most recently, Scott spent the summer as a project development intern for First Solar in California, supporting a range of financial analysis and project siting initiatives. 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
A pollinator-friendly solar development

Pollinator-friendly solar / Photo courtesy of Rob Davis, Fresh Energy

Capturing the Private and Public Benefits of Pollinator-Friendly Solar

Pollinator-friendly solar, which incorporates native grasses and wildflowers throughout a solar installation, is one approach to cultivating additional land use benefits from solar projects. In two new Yale Center for Business and the Environment white papers, we explore the potential of this emerging practice.
Sun in the sky

Following the Sun

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...