David W. Crane
David W. Crane has been president and chief executive officer of NRG Energy since 2003. From January 2003 to November 2003, he served as chief executive officer of International Power plc, a UK-based wholesale power generation company. He was chief operating officer at International Power from March 2000 to December 2002. Previously Crane was a Senior Vice President of Global Power at Lehman Brothers.
Crane earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.
In May 2007, Forbes listed Crane as receiving $12.29 million in total compensation for the latest fiscal year, with a three-year total compensation of $18.49 million. He ranked 6th on the list of CEOs in the Utilities industry, and 151st out of all CEOs in the United States.
NRG Power portfolio
Out of its total 27,895 MW of electric generating capacity in 2005 (2.61% of the U.S. total), NRG produced 52.9% from natural gas, 31.0% from coal, 15.9% from oil, and 0.2% from biomass. NRG owns power plants in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas; 49.9% of the company's generating capacity comes from plants in Texas.
Proposed coal plants
- Big Cajun I (Louisiana)
- Big Cajun II Unit 4 (Louisiana)
- Huntley Generating Station (New York)
- Limestone 3 (Texas)
- Indian River (Delaware)
Existing coal-fired power plants
|Plant Name||State||County||Year(s) Built||Capacity||2007 CO2 Emissions||2006 SO2 Emissions|
|Parish||TX||Fort Bend||1977, 1978, 1980, 1982||2697 MW||20,000,000 tons||56,438 tons|
|Big Cajun 2||LA||Pointe Coupee||1981, 1982, 1983||1871 MW||14,300,000 tons||44,556 tons|
|Limestone||TX||Limestone||1985, 1986||1706 MW||13,300,000 tons||15,917 tons|
|Huntley||NY||Erie||1942, 1948, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958||816 MW||3,659,000 tons||12,299 tons|
|Indian River||DE||Sussex||1957, 1959, 1970, 1980||782 MW||3,558,000 tons||20,705 tons|
|Dunkirk||NY||Chautauqua||1950, 1959, 1960||592 MW||3,786,000 tons||10,072 tons|
|Somerset||MA||Bristol||1951, 1959||174 MW||844,000 tons||N/A|
In 2006, NRG's 7 major coal-fired power plants emitted 59.4 million tons of CO2 (1.00% of all U.S. CO2 emissions) and at least 160,000 tons of SO2 (1.07% of all U.S. SO2 emissions).
Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from NRG Energy coal plants
In 2010, Abt Associates issued a study commissioned by the Clean Air Task Force, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization, quantifying the deaths and other health effects attributable to fine particle pollution from coal-fired power plants. Fine particle pollution consists of a complex mixture of soot, heavy metals, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides. Among these particles, the most dangerous are those less than 2.5 microns in diameter, which are so tiny that they can evade the lung's natural defenses, enter the bloodstream, and be transported to vital organs. Impacts are especially severe among the elderly, children, and those with respiratory disease. The study found that over 13,000 deaths and tens of thousands of cases of chronic bronchitis, acute bronchitis, asthma, congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, dysrhythmia, ischemic heart disease, chronic lung disease, and pneumonia each year are attributable to fine particle pollution from U.S. coal plant emissions. These deaths and illnesses are major examples of coal's external costs, i.e. uncompensated harms inflicted upon the public at large. Low-income and minority populations are disproportionately impacted as well, due to the tendency of companies to avoid locating power plants upwind of affluent communities. To monetize the health impact of fine particle pollution from each coal plant, Abt assigned a value of $7,300,000 to each 2010 mortality, based on a range of government and private studies. Valuations of illnesses ranged from $52 for an asthma episode to $440,000 for a case of chronic bronchitis.
Table 1: Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from NRG Energy coal plants
|Type of Impact||Annual Incidence||Valuation|
|Heart attacks||354||$38.6 million|
|Asthma attacks||3896||$202.6 thousand|
|Chronic bronchitis||140||$62.2 million|
|Asthma ER visits||200||$73.9 thousand|
|Hospital admissions||170||$3.95 million|
Note: This data includes the following plants owned by NRG Energy: Big Cajun II Power Plant, Huntley Generating Station (existing), Dunkirk Steam Station, Indian River Power Station, Limestone Generating Station, Long Beach Generation LLC, Somerset Power Generating Station and Parish Generating Station.
- Biography: David Crane, NRG Energy, accessed December 2008.
- CEO Compensation: #151 David W Crane, Forbes.com, May 3, 2007.
- Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
- Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
- Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed June 2008.
- "The Toll from Coal: An Updated Assessment of Death and Disease from America's Dirtiest Energy Source," Clean Air Task Force, September 2010.
- "Technical Support Document for the Powerplant Impact Estimator Software Tool," Prepared for the Clean Air Task Force by Abt Associates, July 2010
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