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News Release: NREL Announces Leaders for National Executive Education Program

May 18, 2011

 The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 20 national leaders to participate in its 2011 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs), a premier leadership program focused on delivering clean energy solutions.

The five-month program gives executive decision-makers throughout the United States an in-depth look at renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Briefings by NREL technology experts, research laboratory tours and visits to field applications are part of the classroom experience. 

“As the nation addresses important energy issues, it is imperative that our business, community and government leaders understand the implications of their decisions and demonstrate leadership for the long-term clean energy economy,” said NREL Director Dr. Dan E. Arvizu. “NREL is dedicated to preparing national leaders to serve as change-agents for the clean energy future.”

At the conclusion of the program, participants present a viable project on a clean energy application.

Since its inception, more than 80 representatives of industry, local government and non-profit organizations completed the Energy Execs program. For more information, visit

This year an exceptional number of strong applicants have prompted the launch of the Energy Execs Institute, which will provide a three-day program for an additional 25 participants.

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.


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Editors please note: A complete list of Energy Execs members follows.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
2011 Executive Energy Leadership Program Participants

Carrie Atiyeh, Director, Public Affairs
ZeaChem Inc.

Clay Benson, Director Preconstruction
Mortenson Construction

Page Bolin, Real Estate Portfolio Agent
Colorado State Land Board

Mathew Buchwald, Senior Client Manager
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bill Dalton, Professional Engineer
Colorado Public Utilities Commission

Pat Duran, Executive Director
Yuma County Economic Development

Darren T. Engle, CEO
Acudyn Incorporated

Liz Gilchrist, Executive Director
Clean Economy Network

Art Hale, Colorado State Fleet Manager
Colorado State Government

Isaac Kos-Read, Director of External Affairs,
Port of Oakland

Eric Lane, Director of Conservation Services
Colorado Department of Agriculture

Mark Mathews, Shareholder
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP

Kylah McNabb, Wind Development Specialist
Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Sarah Mitchell, Sustainability Coordinator
Colorado Department of Transportation

Zack Shariff, CEO
Allen & Shariff Corporation

Steve Skarda, Renewable Energy Leader
Procter & Gamble
Jill Terry, Director, Executive MBA and Custom Executive Programs
CSU College of Business

Christopher Votoupal, Deputy Press Secretary
U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07)

Cary Weiner, Clean Energy Specialist
Colorado State University Extension

Ranjini Zucker, Senior Contracts Administrator
Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)


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