ARENA Connects Energy Professionals

ARENA Connects Energy Professionals

In 2017, the Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy drew energy leaders from across Canada, Alaska and Greenland. Tyler Kornelis, Kodiak regional energy coordinator for the Kodiak Area Native Association, was one of the participants.

“ARENA provided me access to professionals and energy experts throughout the Arctic nations,” Kornelis said. “I continue to network with these professionals and energy experts on my active projects to this day. ARENA provided incredible insight into what is possible in our northern regions — throughout Alaska, Canada and Iceland.”

Kornelis recently graduated from National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Executive Energy Leadership Academy — aka “Energy Execs.”

“NREL Energy Execs program was a great opportunity to expand my network of professionals working throughout the energy sector, learn about the wide array of resources and experts located at the Golden, Colorado, campus, and support my ability to develop energy projects in rural Alaska,” Kornelis said. “The participants in the 2019 Energy Execs class came from a wide range of industries and experiences, allowing me to learn from the NREL team and from our shared experience in the program.”

Applications for the 2020 ARENA program are now being accepted. Find out more information and apply at Applications close Feb. 15, 2020.


Tyler Konelis visited the solar installation in Colville Lake, Northwest Territories as part of the 2017 ARENA Canadian onsight program. Photo by Amanda Byrd.