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.
The 2024 Energy Execs application will open in late 2023.
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.
Upon completing the program, participants will demonstrate what they've learned through a group project relating to the course content.
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.
In Their Own Words
Observations from previous Energy Execs program participants on the impact of this experience:
This summit was nothing short of an exceptional opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge
on advanced renewable energy technologies like wind power, bioenergy, energy systems
integration and learn how to apply these innovations in the field at scale—showing
how we turn out commitments into tangible and impactful action. Developing innovations
at the speed and scale required to meet our decarbonization goals is no easy feat,
but by learning about equity-centered renewable energy technology solutions, tools
available to those in the clean energy space, and what's coming next from the leaders
at NREL, I'm more confident than ever that we can succeed."
— Claire Behar, chief commercial officer, Hy Stor Energy (Class of 2022)
The NREL Execs program opened my eyes to myriad opportunities for energy advancement
underway. Because of the intensive training, I was able to absorb the possibilities
of the energy future. It is bright with the work of NREL and their partners! Meeting
others from across the country who are working within the intersectionality of the
energy industry gave me hope for a country that is less reliant on fossil fuels. Because
of this program, I am able to incorporate cost-saving energy principles for home builds
in cold climates."
— Mindy O'Neall, executive director, NREL's Alaska Campus in Fairbanks (Class of 2022)
NREL Energy Execs is a wonderful opportunity to learn about cutting-edge clean energy
technology from leading researchers and technical experts. The program is designed
to expand your knowledge, but also challenge your assumptions, so come ready to learn
from your peers and hear different approaches and perspectives for a more complete
and rewarding learning experience."
— Justin Leveque, section chief, Research and Emerging Issues, Colorado Public Utilities Commission (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 (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. (Class of 2021)
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.
Are you an Energy Execs alumnus? Send your updated contact information to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.