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News Release: NREL Launches Energy Execs Institute

July 22, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announces its inaugural Energy Execs Institute a premier executive education program focused on delivering clean energy solutions.

The Energy Execs institute is a condensed version of the highly successful NREL Executive Energy Leadership program. Interest in the leadership program spurred the creation of the Institute, which will be a regular program offering in addition to the annual leadership program.

The July 20 - 22 Energy Execs Institute delivered renewable energy and energy efficiency technology curriculum to 16 clean energy decision-makers.

“The Energy Execs Institute offers another avenue to equip executives with important knowledge to accelerate the adoption of clean energy technologies,” said NREL Director Dan E. Arvizu. “NREL is fully committed to delivering innovative learning opportunities as we address our future energy challenges.”

This year marks 100 representatives of industry, local government and non-profit organizations completing the Energy Execs program. Learn more about the NREL Executive Energy Leadership Program and Energy Execs Institute on the website, where updates will be posted later in the year about the application process and customized institutes. For more information, contact

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.

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

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
July 2011 Energy Execs Institute Participants

Stacey Baumgarn, Energy Conservation Specialist
Larimer County, Colorado

Joe Castro, Facilities and Fleet Manager
City of Boulder, Colorado

David Crandall, Fulfillment Manager

Tim Edgar, Community Energy Coordinator
Colorado State University Extension Service

Stephanie Garnica, Director, Trade and Investment for the Americas
Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade

Chet Kolodziej, Executive Director
Freedom Field Renewable Energy

Jorge Madrid, Research Associate
Center for American Progress

Keith Meyer, Energy & Technology Coordinator
Environmental Law Institute

Tom Morgan, Project Director
Colorado Department of Labor & Employment, State Energy Sector Partnership

Jeffrey Nathanson, Executive Director, Business Development
National Jewish Health

Tom Ochterski, Energy and Capital Projects Coordinator
City of Westminster, Colorado

Phillip Saieg, Alliance Center Director
Alliance for Sustainable Colorado

Stacy Smith, Conservation Specialist
Denver Water

Spenser Villwock, Executive Director
Independent Electrical Contractors – Rocky Mountain (IECRM)

Robert Young, Director of Transportation
Boulder Valley School District, Colorado

Andris Zobs, Executive Director
Office for Resource Efficiency, Gunnison, Colorado


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