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Fireside chat with David Crane, director, Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations at DOE

Event Details:

Monday, January 23, 2023
4:30pm - 5:20pm PST


NVIDIA Auditorium

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In this fireside chat, David Crane, the director of OCED, will discuss how the Biden administration and the U.S. Department of Energy are leaning in to catalyze a commercial wave in hydrogen, industrial decarbonization, carbon management, long duration energy storage, advanced nuclear reactors and more. All of this work occurs with a focus on equity, quality jobs, and more. Crane will also discuss job opportunities at OCED and in the Undersecretary for Infrastructure at large. Come with questions and a will to create a clean energy economy with the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations was established in December 2021 as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. OCED accelerates clean energy technologies from the lab to market and fills a critical innovation gap on the path to achieving our nation’s climate goals of net zero emissions by 2050. OCED’s mission is to deliver clean energy demonstration projects at scale in partnership with the private sector to accelerate deployment, market adoption, and the equitable transition to a decarbonized energy system.

David Crane is the Director of the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations. Crane is a leading business voice in the field of sustainability, clean energy, and climate change.

Previously Crane was the CEO of Climate Real Impact Solutions and served on the boards of Heliogen Inc., Source Global, JERA Co. Inc., and Tata Steel Ltd. along with the not-for-profits Elemental Excelerator and The Climate Group NA. Prior to Climate Real Impact Solutions, he was CEO of NRG. During his 12-year tenure, he took NRG from Chapter 11 to a Fortune 200 company. He 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 United Kingdom-domiciled FTSE 100 company. During his tenure, NRG won numerous industry, community, and environmental awards, including multiple “transaction of the year” awards. NRG, under his leadership, was a key member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership from 2008 to 2011.

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