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News Release: NREL Announces Participants in the National Executive Education Program

June 4, 2012

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 19 leaders to participate in its 2012 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs), a premier leadership program focused on delivering clean energy solutions. 

The five-month program gives executive decision-makers from 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 experience. 
“The world needs leaders to help transform our current energy system to one that is more sustainable.  We are thrilled to welcome and inform our business, community and government leaders so they can understand the implications of their energy decisions and demonstrate leadership for the long-term clean energy economy,” NREL Director Dan Arvizu said.
At the conclusion of the program, participants present a viable project on a clean energy application. Since its inception, more than 115 representatives of industry, government and non-profit organizations have completed the Energy Execs program, delivered through the Executive Energy Leadership Academy. For more information, visit
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 2012’s Energy Execs participants follows.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
2012 Executive Energy Leadership Program Participants
Charles H. Allison, Jr., Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Finance, Energy Policy and Sustainability Management
The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy, The New School
Marcia Black-Watson, Energy Market Talent Director
Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan
Clay Butler, Managing Partner
The Butler Firm, PLLC
Policy Chair, Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association
Martha Butwin, Senior International Trade Specialist
U.S. Department of Commerce – Commercial Service
Carol Dollard, Energy Engineer
Colorado State University
Mark Dow, Vice President
Lockheed Martin, Information Systems and Global Solutions
Jennifer Gardner, Attorney/Policy Analyst
Western Interstate Energy Board
Patrick Hamel, Sustainability Unit Program Manager
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Karen Hancock, Environmental Program Supervisor
City of Aurora, Colorado
Keith Hay, Demand Side Analyst
Colorado Public Utilities Commission
Richard Hemmingsen, Director
Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment, University of Minnesota
Brett Jackson, Energy and Mechanical Engineering Lead
The Colorado Army National Guard
Linda Kogan, Sustainability Director
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Tim Martinez, Senior Business Development Specialist
Office of Economic Development, City & County of Denver
Manisha Patel, Deputy Associate Director for Regulatory Policy
White House Council on Environmental Quality
Jan Peterson, Director
Poudre Valley REA
Raimone Roberts, Executive Vice President
Empire Construction Services
Nicholas Schiavo, Energy Specialist
City of Santa Fe
Kyle Zeringue, Director, Business Development
Louisiana Economic Development
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