2019 Fellowship overview
Washington, DC + San Francisco, CA | March 22 - August 17, 2019
CELI’s signature Fellowship Program attracts young professionals with diverse backgrounds and equips them with technical knowledge of the clean energy sector and leadership development training.
Beginning in 2019, CELI will be moving to an annual Fellowship model, offering a highly selective 21-week program for working professionals taught by influential thought leaders and expert practitioners in the field. 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.
Beyond the 21-week program, CELI Fellows join an active, connected network of 400+ alumni. Fellows continue to play an active role in the CELI community by hosting discussions, publishing blogs, attending ongoing leadership and professional development trainings, and participating in regular social and networking events. In addition, CELI facilitates connections between our Fellows and a robust professional network to enable career mentorship.
Clean energy leadership institute
San Francisco, CA
Over the course of 21 weeks, CELI Fellows will receive training across the fundamentals of clean energy technology, policy, and finance, plus leadership development and skills trainings in areas such as public speaking, persuasive writing, business pitching, and advocacy. The program structure includes:
An opening orientation, where Fellows will gather in-person for two days to connect with one another, learn some of the values and approaches of leading in clean energy, set goals for our work together in the coming year, and dive right into content through our Evolution of the U.S. Energy Systems sessions.
Weekly in-person sessions where experts and practitioners in the field will provide lectures and lead group discussions and exercises to dive deeper into each topic. Sessions are followed by optional happy hours to further the conversation and foster further connections.
Three Fellowship projects through which each member of the cohort will actively hone their own skills as a clean energy leader:
Writing Requirement: By week 10 of the program, each Fellow will be required to publish a blog post or informational memo for CELI’s internal Resource Library.
Capstone Presentation: A requirement of the program, Fellows may choose to provide either a Ted-Style Presentation or Business Pitch in front of CELI’s extended network. The highest rated Capstone speakers will be invited to present at CELI’s annual emPOWER Conference in 2019.
Grid of the Future Debate: Designed as a group project, Fellows will work in assigned teams throughout the cohort in preparation for an end-of-year debate on the Grid of the Future. The debate allows Fellows to exercise the knowledge gained over the course of the entire program.
A mid-cycle Saturday offsite session focused on leadership development and community building.
A closing residency, where Fellows will participate in the Grid of the Future Debate, present final Capstone Presentations, and reflect on insights gained and lessons learned through the year. Fellows will also have a chance to help CELI shape its future programming.
Orientation: March 22 - 23, 2019
Introduction to CELI and Goals of the Fellowship Program
Introduction to CELI’s Approach to Leadership + Development
Evolution of the U.S. Energy System: Fundamentals of the Electricity System
Evolution of the U.S. Energy System: Fundamentals of Oil + Gas
Technology Module: March 27 - April 10, 2019 (Wednesday Evening Sessions)
Fundamentals of Clean Energy Technologies Part One
Fundamentals of Clean Energy Technologies Part Two
Fundamentals of Grid Technology and Demand-side Management
Markets + Finance Module: April 24 - May 8, 2019 (Wednesday Evening Sessions)
Fundamentals of Electricity Wholesale Markets
Fundamentals of Electricity Retail Markets and Rate Design
Fundamentals of Clean Energy Project Finance
Policy Module: May 22 - June 12, 2019 (Wednesday Evening Sessions)
Federal Policy: Clean Energy + Climate Change
State Policy: Best Practices and State-level Actors
Local Policy: What’s Happening in my Backyard
Deep Decarbonization Module: June 26 - July 17, 2019 (Wednesday Evening Sessions)
Transportation of the Future: Electrification and New Mobility Services
Decarbonizing Buildings + Industrial Sectors
The Road to Deep Decarbonization
Social Adaptation Module: July 31 - August 14, 2019 (Wednesday Evening Sessions)
The Corporate View
Resilience + Energy Security
Closing Residency: August 16 - August 17, 2019
Grid of the Future Debate
Leadership + Skill Development: Ongoing Throughout Program (Wednesday Evening Sessions)
Public Speaking Workshop
Business Pitch 101
Leadership Offsite + Energy Tour (Saturday, June 8, 2019)
CELI will observe the Memorial Day + Fourth of July Holidays
No sessions will be scheduled for the weeks of May 29 or July 3 2019
Note: Curriculum + dates subject to minor changes at the discretion of CELI