WASHINGTON, DC — US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm issued the following statement today on President Biden’s nomination of David Crane to serve as Under Secretary for Infrastructure at the US Department of Energy:
“When we established our new Office of the Under Secretary for Infrastructure, we knew the office would need a seasoned leader with a clear vision of a net-zero America powered by clean energy, and a keen understanding of the industries and markets that will deliver it. President Biden has found that leader in David Crane. As CEO of NRG Energy, David led one of the country’s largest power companies with one of the most diverse mixes of power generation. Now, he will be able to marshal the vast resources that President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has invested in the Department of Energy for public-private partnerships that will drive manufacturing and deployment of clean, domestic energy technologies. I thank President Biden for his decision to nominate David to serve in this critical role, and I look forward to his confirmation.”
About David Crane
David Crane is a leading business voice in the field of sustainability, clean energy, and climate change. Currently, he is the CEO of Climate Real Impact Solutions and serves on the Boards of Heliogen Inc, Source Global, JERA Co. Inc., and Tata Steel Ltd, along with the not-for-profit Boards of Elemental Excelerator and The Climate Group NA. He is also a part of The B Team, serving as a Leader and chairing the organization’s Net Zero Initiative.
Previously, Crane was CEO of NRG. During his 12-year tenure, he took NRG from Chapter 11, to a Fortune 200 company. Crane also led NRG to the forefront of next-generation clean energy development through large scale initiatives in utility scale renewables (now Clearway), residential solar, post combustion carbon capture (Petra Nova) and DC fast charging (EVGO). Prior to NRG, Crane was CEO of International Power Plc, a UK-domiciled FTSE-100 company. During Crane’s tenure, NRG won numerous industry, community, and environmental awards, including multiple “transaction of the year” awards. Crane was named Energy Industry “CEO of the Year” by EnergyBiz in 2010, top CEO in the electric utility sector by Institutional Investor in 2011, and “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young in 2010. Crane was also awarded the Corporate Environmental Leadership award by GlobalGreen in 2014 and the Equinox Solar Champion Award and The CK Prahalad Award for Global Sustainability Business Leadership, both in 2015. NRG, under Crane’s leadership, was a key member of the US Climate Action Partnership from 2008 to 2011.
Crane is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Princeton University.