@parmparsley- If you are looking to become an independent energy developer, your career path would likely be much different. It will require an interdisciplinary approach so it may require an educational background in multiple fields like business, engineering, physical sciences, and environmental policy.
You would probably want to look for a specialized program for graduate school that focuses on energy engineering, resource management, or something along those lines. Which one you choose will depend on what you study during your undergraduate years.
You may also want to work for an energy developer or utility to build a strong understanding of the industry. Working as a researcher or project manager on a government environmental, planning, or energy agency would be other career options that would prepare you to develop energy projects.