EnergySourceJul 28, 2021
These military veterans are solving our energy and climate problems, one idea at a time
By Veterans Advanced Energy Fellows, Cohort 2
A series of policy papers focusing a host of topics from Just Transition policy in Colorado, to hydrokinetic energy in rural areas, to port decarbonization strategies, all written by the Atlantic Council's Veterans Advanced Energy Fellows.
Washington, DC | US Navy Veteran
David Tancabel is an environmental policy analyst with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Protection Partnership Division, which develops tools and technical analyses to support state policymakers; local governments; and utility regulators as they develop, implement, and assess energy policies that aim to reduce emissions. Prior to joining the EPA, David served as the director of the Power Plant Research Program within the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, where he worked closely with developers, utilities, and the Maryland Public Service Commission.
David started his career with the US Navy as a submarine warfare officer, completing multiple submarine deployments before reporting to the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he evaluated foreign energy policy and infrastructure as an all-source intelligence analyst. After leaving active duty, David was the lead contractor for the Department of Defense (DoD) Siting Clearinghouse, where he de-conflicted renewable energy development with DoD testing, training, and operations.
David is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy Reserve, serving as the operations department head for a Naval Reserve unit at the Office of Naval Intelligence. He holds a Master of Science in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University a Bachelor of Science in economics and finance from Boston College.