Asia Energy Leaders Program

The Asia Energy Leaders Program convenes premier faculty and senior energy executives of the Asian region to analyze emerging trends in energy technology, policy, and markets. Dedicated executive programs are designed for upwards of four weeks, during which participants engage in site visits with leading U.S. technology companies, discussions with energy regulators at the federal and state levels, and targeted sessions with the most innovative leaders in energy finance.

China Southern Grid

As an example, the Program has designed a three-week course with the China Southern Grid Power Corporation (CSG) to highlight new analytical frameworks and innovative approaches to understanding five key issues related to energy and sustainability issues in Asia: globalization; governance; competitiveness and corporate strategy; low carbon technologies; and sustainable development.

The goal of the three-week program is to combine in-depth lectures by expert faculty who are leaders in their fields with a series of U.S. site visits to grid companies, public utility regulators and commissions, state government offices, and technology companies in both California and Massachusetts. Structured discussions with faculty are scheduled throughout the session, allowing participants to compare and contrast the evolution of the energy markets and energy policies of California and Massachusetts—America’s leading centers of energy innovation—and of the U.S. national energy system itself.

The Program also invites key leaders of finance, policy, and technology sectors to join the group periodically to share views on particular challenges CSG faces. These discussions place the site visits and the classroom discussions in a broader context of change and global competition.

The first iteration of the Program was in August 2012.