David was the President and CEO of NRG from 2003 – 2015. He led its transformation from a regional wholesale generation business to a national, Fortune 250 diversified energy company. NRG is the nation’s largest competitive power generator, with enough generating capacity to power 42 million homes or nearly a third of the U.S. population. The company is the country’s largest owner and operator of solar power facilities and also serves nearly 3 million retail customers (principally through NRG’s Reliant brand).
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 led NRG’s efforts in the transition to a clean energy economy through re-powering 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.