News Release: NREL Announces Participants for 2021 Executive Energy Leadership Program

May 5, 2021

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected 18 leaders to participate in its 2021 Executive Energy Leadership program (Energy Execs), which provides nontechnical business, government, 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 five-month program, beginning on a virtual basis this month, offers executive decision-makers an in-depth opportunity to learn from some of NREL’s most prominent scientists, engineers, and professionals.

At the conclusion of the program, participants will demonstrate what they have learned by presenting feasible, innovative energy projects relevant to their organizations or communities. Since its inception in 2007, more than 300 representatives of industry, government, and nonprofit 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 the 2021 Energy Execs participants follows:

  • Andy Berger, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association (Colorado)
  • Paul Bostrom, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) (California)
  • Rob Davis, Fresh Energy (Minnesota)
  • Sarah Dimson-Tararuj, Power Africa-USAID (Maryland)
  • Jocelyn Durkay, Colorado Energy Office (Colorado)
  • Matt Gergori, Southern California Gas Company (California)
  • Mital Hall, ecoPreserve (Florida)
  • Dominique Jackson, Colorado House of Representatives (Colorado)
  • Michael King, Colorado Department of Transportation (Colorado)
  • Byron Kominek, Jack’s Solar Garden (Colorado)
  • Susan McFaddin, Seven Generations LLC (Colorado)
  • Hugh McKean, Colorado House of Representatives (Colorado)
  • Lynn Padgett, Ouray County (Colorado)
  • Hillary O’Brien, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (Washington, D.C.)
  • Zach Pierce, Office of Governor Jared Polis (Colorado)
  • David Rodziewicz, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Missouri)
  • Amber Saxton, George Mason University (Virginia)
  • Sam Whelan, Holy Cross Energy (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 the Energy Department by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.