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DOE's Granholm: New office needs "a seasoned leader with a clear vision of a net-zero America"

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U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm commented on the nomination of David Crane as under secretary for infrastructure.


Crane is a "leading business voice in the field of sustainability, clean energy and climate change," according to an Aug. 3 news release.


“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," Granholm said in the release. "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."


Granholm thanked President Joe Biden for nominating Crane and said she looks forward to his confirmation, according to the release.


A graduate of both Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Crane is currently the CEO of Climate Real Impact Solutions, as well as a board member of Heliogen Inc., Source Global, JERA Co. Inc., Tata Steel Ltd and non-profits Elemental Excelerator and The Climate Group NA, the release reported.


In the past, Crane also served as CEO of NRG, saving it from Chapter 11 and making it into a Fortune 200 company during his 12-year tenure, according to the release. During that time, NRG won multiple honors and awards, including several transaction of the year awards, and was an important member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership from 2008 to 2011.


The release reported Crane won multiple awards and recognitions, including Energy Industry CEO of the Year by EnergyBiz in 2010, and the Corporate Environmental Leadership award by GlobalGreen in 2014.

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