David Crane is a prominent energy industry executive, both in the traditional and the clean energy sectors and a long-term climate advocate committed to leading the energy industry’s transition to clean energy. David carries with him 13 years of aggregate experience as CEO of three publicly traded energy companies, International Power plc (IPR), NRG Energy, Inc. (NRG), and NRG Yield Inc. (now Clearway Energy Inc., or Clearway Energy), and over 30 years of experience in the energy sector. David is currently Chief Executive Officer of two climate-focused SPACs which trade on the New York Stock Exchange: Climate Change Crisis Real Impact I Acquisition Corporation and Climate Real Impact Solutions II Acquisition Corporation.

During his 12-year tenure as CEO of NRG, David transformed the company into not only a Fortune 250 member, but also a purpose-driven enterprise committed to taking a leading role in the transition to a clean energy future. Specifically, David led the company through its evolution to become one of the nation’s largest utility-scale renewables companies (Clearway Energy), a top-four home solar business (NRG Home Solar), the owner of the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture project (Petra Nova) and the nation’s most extensive level 3 electric vehicle charging network (EVgo). Additionally, NRG, under David’s leadership, was a key member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership.

David also has decades of experience leading and executing complex, industry-defining transactions. At NRG, he was responsible for the company’s acquisitions of Texas Genco LLC for $5.8 billion in 2005, GenOn Energy, Inc. for $1.7 billion in 2012, Green Mountain Energy Company for $350 million in 2010 and Edison Mission Energy for $2.6 billion in 2014. David also led NRG’s transition to retail with the approximately $300 million acquisition of Reliant Energy in 2009, which resulted in the broader sector’s pivot towards an integrated generation and retail platform. On the clean energy front, David pioneered the renewable-driven yieldco equity class with the IPO of NRG Yield in 2012.

Prior to NRG, David was the CEO of International Power Plc, a UK-domiciled FTSE-100 company, an energy sector banker at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in New York City and an attorney specialised in project finance and debt restructuring at White & Case LLP in New York City and Hong Kong. In addition, David was a private equity investor at Pegasus from 2016 to 2018 and an independent director at ACWA Power from 2016 to 2018.

David is a leading voice on climate change and the energy sector’s role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, having written extensively and spoken widely on the topic. He also serves as a leader of “B Team”, a select group of business executives and society leaders convened to demonstrate that corporate leadership can be harnessed to solve global societal issues, and as a Board member of The Climate Group, and Elemental Excelerator, an accelerator of clean tech startups. David is also a member of the risk committee and executive committee and independent director at Saudi Electricity Company since 2021, an independent director at JERA since 2020, a director of Inspire Energy since 2018, a director of Climate Group NA since 2020, and a director at B Team since 2016. He previously served as a director of Vote Solar from 2016 to 2020.