The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean Energy Innovator Fellowship program funds recent graduates and energy professionals to support critical energy organizations to advance clean energy solutions that will help decarbonize the power system, electrify transportation and industry, and make the U.S. power system more resilient, equitable and inclusive.

The program recruits candidates from diverse backgrounds to spend up to two years at eligible host institutions. On September 29, 2022, DOE announced the critical energy institutions that will host a fellow for the next year, renewable for a second year.

Host Institution Category State Project Focus
Arkansas Public Service Commission Regulatory commission Arkansas Updating state interconnection policy by expanding the scope of the existing policy beyond just net metering facilities and incorporating IEEE 1547-2018 standards
Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation Cooperative utility North Carolina Electrification of transportation in rural southeastern North Carolina
Chattanooga EPB Municipal utility Tennessee Decarbonizing Chattanooga
Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Regulatory commission Connecticut Connecticut's Equitable Modern Grid initiative
Connexus Energy Cooperative utility Minnesota Accelerated electric vehicle deployment
Farmers Electric Cooperative Cooperative utility Texas Rate structures and program design for distributed energy resources
Hawaii Public Utilities Commission Regulatory commission Hawaii The path to 100% renewable energy in Hawaii
Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Regulatory commission Indiana State engagement in MISO long-term transmission planning
Kentucky Public Service Commission Regulatory commission Kentucky Integrated Resource Plan research and review
Maryland Public Service Commission Regulatory commission Maryland Clean energy and climate change strategy and transmission planning

Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

Regulatory commission Massachusetts Facilitating solar and energy storage interconnection in Massachusetts
Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) Grid operator Indiana office, service territory covers multiple states Software process automation for reliable, optimal grid operators

New Hampshire Electric Cooperative

Cooperative utility New Hampshire Rate design for transition to transactive energy
New York State Department of Public Service Regulatory commission New York Equitable, affordable access to clean energy and efficiency for disadvantaged communities
North Carolina Utilities Commission Regulatory commission North Carolina Development of North Carolina Clean Energy Transition Plan
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Cooperative utility Virginia Development and implementation of an electric vehicle expansion program
Seattle City Light Municipal utility Washington Vehicle electrification infrastructure
Stowe Town Electric Department Municipal utility Vermont Community solar program development
Tennessee Valley Authority Utility Tennessee office, service territory covers multiple states Transformative innovations for the electric grid in the Tennessee Valley
Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association Cooperative utility Colorado Addressing energy inequities in rural areas of the Rocky Mountain West
Vermont Electric Cooperative Cooperative utility Vermont Pilot program development for resilience, energy transformation and load management

Vermont Public Utilities Commission

Regulatory commission Vermont Regulatory implementation of innovative programs across multiple sectors that advance Vermont’s energy goals
Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission Regulatory commission Washington Equity in regulation and decision-making in Washington State
Western Area Power Administration Grid operator Colorado office, service territory covers multiple states Power marketing and energy services technology support for Colorado River Storage Project


The 2023 Clean Energy Innovator Program Host Institutions were announced on October 12, 2023. Learn about the 2023 Clean Energy Innovator Fellowship program.