City Employee Completes National Energy Leadership Program
The City of Aspen’s deputy director of utilities and renewable energy, David Hornbacher, recently completed the 2010 Executive Energy Leadership Program offered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

It is a leadership program focused on educating business, community and government leaders about clean energy solutions through renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Just 20 participants are selected to participate from around the country each year.

“David’s participation in the leadership program is an example of the City of Aspen’s commitment to being an energy leader,” said City Manager Steve Barwick. “The City of Aspen is proud to be one of the most environmentally progressive cities in the nation, and now, David has even more tools to lead Aspen further into the new energy future.”

The 5-month leadership program gives executive decision makers throughout the United States an in-depth look at solar and wind power, biofuels and transportation, and energy efficient building technologies.  Briefings by NREL technology experts, research laboratory tours and visits to field applications are part of the monthly classroom experience.

"The NREL Executive Energy Leadership Program offers the unique opportunity for business, community and government leaders to embrace clean energy technologies," NREL Director Dan Arvizu said. "Energy Execs alumni are emerging as thought-leaders on the national energy scene."

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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.

Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2010