Executive Energy Leadership Academy

NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Academy, or Energy Execs, provides industry and community leaders an opportunity to learn about advanced energy technologies to guide their organizations in energy-related decisions and planning.

Energy Execs Program

The Energy Execs program is designed for leaders interested in exploring renewable energy and energy-efficiency technologies, applications, and issues. Participants travel to NREL's main campus in Golden, Colorado, for four multi-day sessions held from June through September.

Apply to the Energy Execs Program

Applications are due by 5 p.m. MT on Jan. 13.

Learn more about Energy Execs by viewing the sample syllabus and our frequently asked questions, or email us at eexecs@nrel.gov.

What You'll Learn

The program provides an in-depth look at solar and wind power, bioenergy, hydrogen and transportation, energy-efficient building technologies, and energy systems integration. Course content includes information on performance characteristics of the technologies, economics, and analytical tools.

You'll gain access to:

  • Briefings by world-renowned researchers and engineers
  • Tours of state-of-the-art research laboratories
  • Visits to renewable energy installations.

Program Outcomes

Upon completing the program, participants will demonstrate what they've learned through a group project relating to the course content.

Program Dates

The 2023 Energy Execs program will be held June 21–23, July 19–21, Aug. 23–25, and Sept. 20–22 (local COVID-19 restrictions permitting). There is no cost to participate in the program, although those who are accepted are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.

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In Their Own Words

Observations from previous Energy Execs program participants on the impact of this experience:

NREL Energy Execs provides a fulfilling opportunity to interact with the lab's talented researchers, partnership developers, and leadership team. Our cohort of participants was a good size, and the program curriculum was paced appropriately, such that each session included time to discuss informed questions, learn from each other, and reflect on the topics from month to month. I recommend the program to those who work in energy and have interest in professional growth through learning about NREL's capabilities and their potential applications."
— Justin Leveque, section chief, Research and Emerging Issues, Colorado Public Utilities Commission (Energy Execs Class of 2022)


This program gave me the push I needed to get more excited about the technology and more motivated to explore what is possible. And that will only serve to improve outcomes, of that I am certain."
— Michael Peterson, Renewable Natural Gas Supply Development lead, Shell (Energy Execs Class of 2022)


NREL Energy Execs provides a fulfilling opportunity to interact with the lab's talented researchers, partnership developers, and leadership team. Our cohort of participants was a good size, and the program curriculum was paced appropriately, such that each session included time to discuss informed questions, learn from each other, and reflect on the topics from month to month."
— Andy Berger, vice president, Environmental Compliance and Policy/ESG, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc. (Energy Execs Class of 2021)


NREL Energy Execs is easily one of the best professional development opportunities I've been able to participate in. I came away with a more thorough understanding of not just my area of work in the energy space but of the next big frontiers across all of NREL's research areas. I now have the benefit of integrating that knowledge and systems thinking in my work. Energy Execs is a no-brainer for anyone working in energy."
— John Jameson, senior energy and sustainability analyst, ICF (Energy Execs Class of 2019)

Energy Execs Graduates

Since 2007, more than 350 decision makers from 39 U.S. states have participated in Energy Execs. See the list of Energy Execs alumni sorted by program and year.

U.S. map with numbers corresponding to the number of NREL Energy Execs alumni in each state: Washington (2); Oregon (1); California (14); Idaho (2); Nevada (2); Arizona (6); Utah (1); Colorado (208); New Mexico (4); Kansas (1); Oklahoma (3); Texas (9); Minnesota (9); Iowa (1); Missouri (1); Arkansas (1); Louisiana (1); Wisconsin (7); Illinois (5); Mississippi (1); Georgia (2); Florida (4); Michigan (5); Indiana (2); Ohio (7); West Virginia (1); New York (6); Pennsylvania (4); New Hampshire (1); Massachusetts (1); New Jersey (1); Connecticut (1); Delaware (1); Maryland (4); Washington, D.C. (18); Virginia (9); North Carolina (5); Tennessee (2); and other countries - Colombia, Lagos, and Philippines (3).

Are you an Energy Execs alumnus? Send your updated contact information to us at eexecsalumni@nrel.gov.