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Leadership Program

NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Program is a nationally renowned program that provides nontechnical business, governmental, and community leaders an opportunity to learn about advanced energy technologies, analytical tools, and financing to guide their organizations and communities in energy-related decisions and planning. 

Briefings by technology experts, laboratory tours, and visits to field applications are part of the class. Access the presentations and supplemental documents for each class below.

Participant Contact Information

Class One, June 19–21, 2019

June Agenda

June Speaker and Tour Guide Bios


Welcome and Introductions presented by Sarah Barba and Heather Lammers

Executive Overview presented by Dave Mooney

Renewable Energy 101 presented by Andy Walker

Solar Program Overview presented by Kristen Ardani

State and Local Policy Overview presented by Megan Day

Strategic Computer and Energy Analysis Overview presented by Dan Bilello

Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis Overview presented by Jill Engel-Cox

NREL Models and Tools presented by Janine Freeman

Class Project Discussion presented by Sarah Barba

Wind and Water Research and National Wind Technology Center Overview presented by Daniel Laird

Class Two, July 17–19, 2019

July Agenda

July Speaker and Tour Guide Bios


Energy Systems Integration Facility Overview presented by Matt Futch

Helping the Defense Sector Build a Resilient Energy Future by Adam Warren and Donald Jenket

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning by Michael Rossol and Ryan King

Federal Energy Management Program by Andy Walker

Buildings Overview by Achilles Karagiozis

Disaster Preparedness, Resilience, and Recovery by Alicen Kandt

Innovative Site Preparation and Impact Reductions on the Environment Project Overview by James McCall

Innovation, Partnering, and Outreach Overview by Richard Adams

Technology Transfer Overview by Eric Payne

Project Development and Finance Overview by Karlynn Cory

International Partnerships Overview by Ron Benioff

Class Three, Aug. 14–16, 2019

August Agenda

August Agenda

August Speaker and Tour Guide Bios


Bioenergy/Biosciences Overview with Mark Davis, Bryon DonohoeJesse Hensley, and Mike Crowley

Algae and the Circular Economy with Phil Pienkos, Lieve Laurens, and Jianping Yu

Transportation Overview (Heavy-Duty vs Light-Duty Research Challenges) with Chris Gearhart, Ken Kelly and Matt Keyser

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Overview by Keith Wipke

ATHENA – Using Supercomputing to Make Travel Efficient/Affordable by Caleb Phillips

Urban and Decision Sciences for Advanced Mobility and Energy Systems by Joshua Sperling

Smart Mobility and the Mobility-Energy Productivity Metric by Stan Young

Walk and Talk - NREL’s Sustainable Transportation Efforts by Lissa Myers

Electric Vehicles: Charging and Grid Integration with Kevin Walkowicz and Eric Wood

Innovation Changing the Energy Landscape, the Path Ahead by Martin Keller

NREL’s Collaboration with Panasonic at the Transit-oriented Peña Station NEXT District by Shanti Pless

Class Four, Sept. 18–19, 2019

September Agenda


Building the Grid of Tomorrow by Eric Montag, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Meeting SRP’s 2035 (and Beyond) Carbon Emissions Reduction Goal by Marc Campbell, Salt River Project

Modernization of the Grid in the 116th Congress by Steven Emmen, Office of U.S. Senator Cory Gardner

Akhiok, Alaska – Renewable Generation Integration Feasibility Study by Tyler Kornelis, Kodiak Area Native Association

Making Energy Data Accessible at the State Level by Michelle Gransee, Minnesota Department of Commerce

Grid-Efficient, Autonomous Buildings by John Jameson, ICF

Market-Based Long-Term Contracts for Renewable Energy by Andrés Pesca, ANDEG

Boiler and Solar-Thermal Telemetry Data Mining in Remote Rural Alaska by Griffin Hagle, Taġiuġmiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority

Deploying EV Charging Stations and Vehicles throughout the Colorado Army National Guard by Craig Jones, Colorado Army National Guard

Storage Challenges and Solutions: Achieving 100% Renewable Energy in Colorado by 2040 and Xcel Energy 100% Carbon Free by 2050 by Christopher Smith, Colorado State Land Board and Gerry Huitt, Xcel Energy

Crafting a Flexible Model Clean Energy Standard Policy by Cole Simons, ClearPath

Applying High Performance Computing in Wind Turbine Acoustics Visualization by Kimberly Dickey, NextEra Energy Resources

Developing a Policy Framework for Owner Aggregated Electrical Demand in the Greater Phoenix Area by Alexander Kohnen, Arizona State University

Riverside Public Utilities – Transportation Electrification by Daniel Garcia, Riverside Public Utilities

Municipalities Strategy Toolkit for Determining Pathways To Meet Clean Energy and GHG Emissions Mitigation Objectives by Elizabeth Kócs, UIC Energy Initiative

Net Zero Energy: From Goal Setting to Implementation by Salem Afeworki, Value Sustainability

Charging the Colorado Welcome Centers by Taren Mulch, Colorado Tourism Office

Alumni Gathering, Sept. 20, 2019

How NREL is Expanding its Energy Systems, Power Grid, and Storage Technology Research Capabilities by Juan Torres

Investments/Big Challenges at Flatirons Campus by Daniel Laird