Tim Osborn, Vice President of Generation, Tri-State Generation and Transmission
Bob Rankin, State Senator, Colorado District 8
Suzanne Tegen, Assistant Director, Center for the New Energy Economy
Tim Osborn, Vice President of Generation for Tri-State, joined Tri-State Generation and Transmission as a Utility Worker in October of 1990. Tim has served his 33 years in numerous bargaining unit and management roles. In his previous role as Plant Manager he was tasked with the safe operation and maintenance of the three-unit station, as well as developing the framework for its decommissioning and retirement. Tim earned a master’s degree in Family Science and a master’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in engineering and technology management while working at the plant. Tim chairs the Colorado Northwestern Community College Cybersecurity Business Industry Leadership Team (BILT) Advisory Board, serves on the Moffat County Local Marketing District, and the Craig & Moffat County Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
Senator Bob Rankin represents Colorado's District 8, an area spanning Craig and much of the Western Slope. He is a member on the Senate Appropriations Committee and serves as the Senate Republican member of the Joint Budget Committee. He was born and raised in Mississippi, attended high school in Laurel, and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University. Twenty-two years of his engineering career was with Ford Aerospace Corporation, the defense and aerospace subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, where he rose to vice president and general manager of the division. In 1995, he founded Aspen Cybercare, LLC, an ongoing technology consulting firm providing support to business and residential clientele. In 2000, Rankin founded and served as chairman of the board for the Computers for Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization recycling electronics while motivating high school students toward a career in technology.
Suzanne Tegen is the Assistant Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, where she works on clean energy policy education, research, and solutions for decision-makers including state legislators, governors’ energy offices, and others. Her current work also includes research on the equitable transition from coal power in rural America. Suzanne came to CNEE from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where she spent 14 years as an energy analyst, researcher, and manager of the Technology, Engineering, and Deployment group for wind and water power.