Energy Fellows Institute 

Energy Fellows Institute (EFI) is an annual executive immersion program providing a platform for the exchange of ideas, opportunity, skills and community, in order to develop leaders ready to succeed in world-changing advanced energy business. The six-day intensive dives into Colorado’s clean energy and clean technology ecosystem. The 11th Energy Fellows Institute will be held in May 2022.

Through a competitive process, 10-12 Fellows will be chosen to join a growing list of exceptional cleantech executive alumni. The application for 2022 will open January 2022. Contact Mary Austin or Ashley Perry for more information.

Student Fellow Opportunities

Current and recently graduated students will be invited to apply to participate in the Energy Fellows Institute as a Student Fellow. The Student Fellow application for 2022 will open in February 2022. 

2022 Energy Fellows Institute Commitment

The 11th annual Energy Fellows Institute program will be held in May 2022.

The Institute is a tuition-based program ($2,500 per person). Tuition includes a free year of individual membership in CCIA ($500 value).

Energy Fellows Institute

About the Program

In addition to taking experienced entrepreneurs and executives on a deep dive into industry sectors of the advanced energy and cleantech ecosystems, the Energy Fellows Institute provides interactions with local and national advanced energy networks, exposure to investors active in the sector, and a chance to learn about the latest energy innovations gaining market adoption. Fellows selected for the program are educated in clean energy technologies, markets, business models, funding opportunities and policy matters. They are introduced to the network of experts and resources required to be successful in the advanced energy industry, and connected to early-stage ventures and laboratories where new energy approaches are being developed. 

“I feel so much more informed about the cleantech space and inspired to focus part of my work on supporting cleantech in Colorado. I appreciated CCIA’s staff doing such a great job pivoting in these crazy times and providing a valuable program.”   

2021 Energy Fellow

The 2021 Program Featured:

  • 50+ programming hours
  • 50+ speakers

The Curriculum

This is not standard executive education and the curriculum is not a traditional lecture series. Instead, our curriculum creates the opportunity for a discussion dialogue with executives from industry, leading technology experts, and key ecosystem players. The program is extremely interactive, collaborative, and combines 50+ industry expert speakers, case studies, and optional lab and site visits.

During our 2022 intensive six-day program, we will focus on the following concentrations: Energy Efficiency and Building Technologies, Energy Generation and Delivery, Energy Storage, Transportation, Air and Water technologies, and AI/Data.

In addition, we will weave foundational industry elements throughout the technology sectors. Foundational elements to be examined include: energy policy, finance and investment, commercialization, international opportunities and challenges.

“I am excited about being part of this year’s fellows and think we have a great group. I look forward to continuing the relationship with all of them, as well as with the CCIA. The program definitely helped me understand the broader cleantech industry and also providing me with a better understanding of the energy storage sector.”

     – 2020 Fellow

“The size of the group was large enough to create diversity of interests, yet small enough to get to professionally know each other.”

     – 2020 Fellow


Energy Generation & Delivery

Supported by private innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as critical public sector support in the form of tax credits, grants, and loan guarantees, many advanced energy technologies have grown robustly over this period while making significant progress in terms of price and performance.

  • Advanced energy technology 101
  • Creating a path to subsidy independence
  • Integrating renewables onto the grid
  • Advanced materials for clean energy generation
  • The financial bottom line
  • The future of funding

Energy Storage

Scientific advances are driving down the cost and increasing energy density of energy storage solutions with the promise of accelerating adoption of electric vehicles and renewable energy generation in the electric grid. The Energy Storage program provides an in-depth review of the current electrical storage landscape and the performance and cost targets for adoption.

  • Storage state of the art
  • Grid storage technologies/markets
  • Battery management
  • Opportunities and limitations of existing technologies and potential advances
  • Market opportunities
  • Applications for the automotive industry
  • Applications for bulk energy storage

Advanced Transportation

Increases in all modes of travel globally are inevitable. Larger numbers of people will be driving passenger vehicles. On road delivery of goods and services will continue into the foreseeable future. Light commercial, helicopter and commercial airlines are projected to see continued growth over the next 20 years. Transit and mobility demands of all types are growing by necessity in densely populated areas across the globe. We will examine advanced transportation technologies that may provide solutions to our transit, emissions and infrastructure challenges. The Advanced Transportation track will discuss the following:

  • Alternative fuels
  • Advanced vehicle propulsion
  • Electrification
  • Energy efficient freight solutions
  • Transit
  • Personal mobility

Energy & Building Efficiency

Buildings consume 40% of total U.S. energy and 70% of electricity generation at an annual expense of $400 billion. Approximately 30% of this energy is wasted. We will survey sustainable and energy efficient technologies, processes, and trends for lighting, heating, and cooling residential, commercial and institutional buildings – in existing and new built environments. We also explore business models enabling building owners and power utilities to cooperatively curtail electric loads.

  • Energy efficiency value chain and ecosystem
  • Buildings as systems
  • Energy efficiency drivers and opportunities for commercial building markets
  • The residential market for energy efficiency
  • Home energy management
  • Next generation lighting and HVAC solutions
  • Green buildings and integrated design

New Tech – New Horizons

The world of cleantech is rapidly expanding to include new technologies and disruptive innovations. From smart cities to blockchain to the circular economy, the world of the future is a world of cleantech. Get up to date on the latest trends in clean energy and technology with a variety of sessions on topics that we may not even know about yet. Sessions may include:

  • Ag-tech: New ways of delivering food to the masses
  • Blockchain for disrupting energy distribution systems
  • Colorado’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2040
  • Smart cities and incorporating the Internet of Things into energy generation and distribution
  • Circular economy supply chains
  • AI

Waste & Waste Water Cleanup

If you live in the west, you know the saying – “he who controls the water controls the world.” The Energy Fellows Institute will be examining the critically important issues of water and waste water. We will touch on the global outlook for water availability but focus our attention on the technologies and innovative solutions being introduced to manage, monitor and clean the world’s water. Topics may include:

  • Sustainable industrial water practices
  • Water and energy generation
  • Technologies to clean the world’s water
  • Water management
  • Irrigation, agriculture and technology


Fellows can expect to engage with thought leaders, game changers and industry experts from a wide variety of advanced energy technology sectors. Speakers are drawn from the nation’s advanced energy ecosystem and represent the many facets of energy, finance, technology, policy, and research and development.

Interaction with research laboratories, advanced energy installations, private industry and federal R&D facilities are structural components of the Energy Fellows Institute. 

Become a Fellow

Applicants should be proven leaders with a strong interest in expanding their career into the advanced energy industry. Executives and entrepreneurs interested in applying for the Fellowship should have 10+ years of proven leadership experience in the technology or business communities.

Student Fellows

EFI will be accepting applications from current or recently graduated students to gain access to the full program via work exchange. Through a competitive application process, Student Fellows will be chosen to act as programming associates in exchange for involvement in the program. Student Fellows gain full and exclusive access to 50+ executives and researchers in the Colorado clean energy ecosystem, in addition to participation in tours and social events. 

Ambitious and highly organized students will be able to fit the program into their regular school schedule. Student Fellows can expect 2-4 hours of weekly program development time beginning the first week in April, and are expected to commit full time to the program dates in May. 

Energy Fellows Institute Alumni

Since 2012, the Energy Fellows Institute has seen 84 alumni complete the program. Their professional experience is comprised of a unique range of fields, in business, technology, policy, investing and more, providing a comprehensive array of perspectives on the clean energy industry.

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