"Why all businesses must join the green movement or face extinction"


David Crane

CEO – NRG Energy

David Crane

Since becoming President and CEO of NRG Energy in 2003, David has led its transformation from a regional wholesale generation business to a national, Fortune 200 diversified energy company. NRGis the nation’s largest competitive power generator, with enough generating capacity to power nearly 1/3 of the U.S. population. The company is also a major competitive energy retailer that serves nearly 3 million recurring retail customers (principally through NRG Home Retail) and is one of the country’s largest owners and operators of solar power facilities.

David is one of the leading voices in the power industry on the topic of climate change and the need for curbing carbon emissions, and he was one of the first U.S. power industry CEOs to publicly call for mandatory climate change measures. He leads NRG’s efforts in the transition to a clean energy economy through repowering and retrofitting older coal plants, developing carbon capture technology, selling renewable and smart energy retail solutions and building the nation’s largest privately funded network of electric vehicle fast-charging stations.

Prior to joining NRG, Crane served as CEO of International Power PLC, a UK-based wholesale power generation company, and previously held positions at Lehman Brothers and ABB Energy Ventures in Sydney, Hong Kong and New York. David is a Bachelor of Arts graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and he received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

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