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Stacy Tellinghuisen

Stacy Tellinghuisen

Deputy Director of Policy Development


Clean Energy

Office Location

Boulder, Colorado

Area of Focus

Stacy is the deputy director of policy development . In her role, she advances climate policies that support clean energy across the organization’s seven-state region and ensures there are equitable benefits for the region’s diverse residents. Using the most up-to-date data and cutting-edge research, Stacy collaborates closely with other state agencies, environmental organizations, consumer advocates, and industry representatives to identify solutions to the urgent climate crisis. She represents WRA in state regulatory commissions, developing analyses and testimony to advocate for policies that can achieve science-based climate goals. In addition, she works with partners to develop legislation to catalyze the transition to a low-carbon economy.


Stacy joined WRA in 2008 as an energy/water analyst, drawn by WRA’s pragmatic approach to water and energy issues. She quickly grew in the role and eventually advanced to oversee climate policy for the organization. Before coming to Colorado, she was an energy/water analyst for the California Sustainability Alliance, where she researched the energy intensity of Southern California’s water supplies. Stacy has also researched the energy, water, and greenhouse gas emissions of different landscapes, and worked on various water resources projects for the City of Moab, Utah. She has taught natural history to school groups in parks throughout California and Utah.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Geology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota
  • Master of Environmental Science and Management from the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Favorite thing about the West

Utah’s rivers and canyons, and one particular swimming hole near Moab that (obviously) cannot be revealed on the internet.

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