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OHIO’s Scott Miller enters the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Executive Leadership Program


June 17, 2010

 (Athens, OH – June 17) In the launch of national participation for the Executive Leadership Program through the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Voinovich School’s Scott Miller was selected as one of 20 participants from across the country.
As an “Energy Exec,” Miller, director of the Voinovich School’s Energy & Environmental Program and the Consortium for Energy, Economics and the Environment (CE3), will attend monthly education sessions, which discuss topics from alternative fuels to energy efficient construction. Miller will attend five two-day sessions in Colorado. His first trip was May 20 - 21, and Miller said after his first trip that he came away with a sense that there is significant opportunity for collaboration between the lab and Ohio University.
 “As we begin to look at transforming southeast Ohio for the twenty-first century, it is critical for us to understand the potential for renewable energy and to build relationships with important organizations like NREL,” Miller said.
The program’s education sessions provide its participants with an educational opportunity to learn more about the renewable energy industry and energy efficiency. Lessons are supplemented with briefings from experts, tours of research facilities and other hands-on work.
“We met with top solar energy researchers, visited the national wind energy test facility, and discussed the major hurdles to the wide-scale adoption of sustainable energy deployment,” Miller said. “Future visits will include a tour of their brand new zero-energy office park which will house 1300 staff and researchers, a visit to a commercial-scale solar farm in southwest Colorado, a tour of their alternative vehicle testing facility, and a utility-scale wind farm.”
The Energy Execs program, which is in its third year, is aimed at decision makers from the private and public sectors that will able to utilize what they learn to affect energy strategies in their organization or community. This year’s class represents interests ranging from the environmental education community to commercial real estate developers, municipal utilities and other interests.
“The diversity among the participants is tremendous and represents an opportunity to view and explore how energy, as a unifying factor in virtually everything we undertake in our daily lives, touches us all,” Miller said.
Voinovich School Director Mark Weinberg, who recommended Miller for the program, described him as “a well-established leader in energy issues in this region and state,” and praised Miller for his successes in building the School’s Advanced Energy program since its inception.
“Scott’s participation in this program will allow him to bring innovative ideas back to Ohio to help us in our transformation of the State’s economy to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” Weinberg said. “I believe this Executive Leadership training program is a perfect fit for our organization at this time and Scott is the best person to represent Ohio University.”