CELI Fellowship Training Program: Curriculum Overview


The Clean Energy Leaders Fellowship is a highly selective education and leadership training organization for young professionals who exhibit strong leadership potential and are committed to advancing the clean energy economy.  Fellows are challenged to think critically about current energy policy and market structures, to identify existing barriers to clean energy deployment and innovation, and to formulate and propose new solutions.

CELI’s 14-week Fellowship Training Program consists of two-hour seminar sessions on Wednesday evenings (6:30-8:30pm), as well as a half-day leadership development training.

CELI sessions are taught by an influential thought leader from across the industry – including private sector, non-profit sector, and local & federal government. These experts volunteer their time to provide real-time insights into a dynamic energy industry, and CELI Fellows have unparalleled access to interact with these thought leaders each week. See our Professional Network for a full list of experts who are actively engaged with CELI – including leading a session.


The coursework covered during the program includes:

Energy Market Fundamentals


Fundamentals of the Electricity System

Fundamentals of Electricity Wholesale Markets

Fundamentals of Electricity Retail Markets and Rate Design

Fundamentals of Clean Energy Project Finance

Fundamentals of Clean Energy Policy (Federal, State, Local)

Scope of the Challenge: Science of Climate Change and International Response

Analysis, Discussion & Training

Clean Energy Finance: Innovation and Implementation

Future of R&D: Clean Energy Technology and Innovation

Advanced Energy Technology Integration and Grid Modernization

Policy Leadership: Policy Success Stories

Challenges and Opportunities for International Energy Markets

Transportation of the Future: Electrification and New Mobility Services

Fellows Debate: Grid of the Future

Leadership Training Seminar


Previous Speakers


Dr. Jonathan Pershing
Special Envoy on Climate Change
U.S. Department of State

CELI Session: International Policy Discussion

Mr. Reuben Sarkar
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation
U.S. Department of Energy

CELI Session: Innovation & Change Makers Round Table

Ms. Julia Hamm
Smart Electric Power Association (SEPA)

CELI Session: State & Local Policy Discussion

Mr. Cliff Rechtstaffen
California Public Utility Commission (CPUC)

CELI Session: California Energy Policy & Regulatory Workshop

Ms. Katharine Hamilton
38 North Solutions

CELI Session: Fundamentals of Clean Energy Technology Integration

Hon. Branko Terzic
Former Commissioner
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

CELI Session: Fundamentals of Retail Electricity Markets & Rate Design

Ms. Joyce Ferris
Blue Hill Partners

CELI Session: Policy to Practice Discussion

Mr. Danny Kennedy
Managing Director
California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)

CELI Session: Clean Energy Technology & Innovation

Mr. Jonathan Silver
Former Director, Loan Program Office
U.S. Department of Energy

CELI Session: Emerging Clean Energy Financing Mechanisms

Mr. Andrew Gilligan
Director of Investments
Sol Systems, LLC

CELI Session: Fundamentals of Clean Energy Project Finance

Ms. Nicole Steele
Executive Director
Grid Alternatives – Mid-Atlantic

CELI Session: Fundamentals of Clean Energy Project Finance

Ms. Kate Gordon
Vice Chair
The Paulson Institute

CELI Session: The Economic Risk of Climate Change & Investment Strategies