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News Release: NREL Seeks Leaders for National Executive Education Program

February 17, 2010

Applications are currently being accepted for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) 2010 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs). Energy Execs is a leadership program focused on educating business, community and government leaders about clean energy solutions through renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

The 5-month leadership program gives executive decision makers throughout the United States an in-depth look at solar and wind power, biofuels and transportation, and energy efficient building technologies.  Briefings by NREL technology experts, research laboratory tours and visits to field applications are part of the monthly classroom experience.

"The NREL Executive Energy Leadership Program offers the unique opportunity for business, community and government leaders to embrace clean energy technologies," NREL Director Dan Arvizu said. "Accelerating market-viable solutions for renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies requires well thought-out systems and grassroots implementation. Given the increasing interest in our leadership program, I'm confident NREL is on the right path in providing access to our important work transforming the energy future. Importantly Energy Execs alumni are emerging as thought-leaders on the national energy scene."

The 2010 education sessions will be held May through September at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory located in Golden, Colo. 

At the conclusion of the program, participants are asked to present a viable project on a renewable energy or energy efficiency application that could be implemented by their organization. 

This is the fourth year for the Energy Execs program with more than 60 representatives of Colorado industry, local government and non-profit organizations completing the class.

This year NREL will accept applicants nationwide. A group of 20 participants are typically selected for participation in Energy Execs.

For more information or to complete on the online application visit or email

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.

—Sarah Barba