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News Release: NREL Announces Participants for 2019 Executive Energy Leadership Program

June 12, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 21 leaders to participate in its 2019 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs), which provides non-technical 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.

The four-month program, which begins this month, offers executive decision-makers an in-depth opportunity to learn from some of our laboratory’s most prominent scientists, engineers and professionals, tour our research facilities, and visit local renewable energy installations.

At the conclusion of the program, participants will demonstrate what they’ve learned by presenting a feasible innovative energy project that is relevant to their organization or community. Since its inception in 2007, more than 300 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 the Energy Execs website.

Editors please note: A complete list of this year’s Energy Execs participants follows:

  • Salem Afeworki, Value Sustainability (California)
  • Patrick Brown, Ernst & Young (South Carolina)
  • Jessica Burley, Town of Breckenridge (Colorado)
  • Marc Campbell, Salt River Project (Arizona)
  • Kimberly Dickey, NextEra Energy Resources (Iowa)
  • Steven Emmen, Office of U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (Colorado)
  • Daniel Garcia, Riverside Public Utilities (California)
  • Michelle Gransee, Minnesota Department of Commerce (Minnesota)
  • Griffin Hagle, Taġiuġmiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority (Alaska)
  • Gerry Huitt, Xcel Energy (Colorado)
  • John Jameson, ICF (Colorado)
  • Craig Jones, Colorado Army National Guard (Colorado)
  • Elizabeth Kócs, UIC Energy Initiative (Illinois)
  • Alexander Kohnen, Arizona State University (Arizona)
  • Tyler Kornelis, Kodiak Area Native Association (Alaska)
  • Eric Montag, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (California)
  • Taren Mulch, Colorado Tourism Office (Colorado)
  • Andrés Pesca, ANDEG (Colombia)
  • Cole Simons, ClearPath (Washington, D.C.)
  • Christopher Smith, Colorado State Land Board (Colorado)
  • Chrissy Sollenberger, Walton Personal Philanthropy Group (Colorado)

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.