In September 2014, NRG acquired Goal Zero, a provider of portable solar power and battery pack products and accessories. In our first conflict minerals filing in 2016, Goal Zero analyzed the materials used in the production of its products and determined that substantially all of its products may contain conflict minerals. Conflict minerals are tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold, and are referred to as 3TGs.
Though there is not yet a standardized process for corporate reporting on SDGs, we continually assess our business strategy and operations to identify opportunities for a greater contribution toward the SDGs. Our core business strategy and vision most directly aligns with SDG 7, designed to “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.”
At NRG, we believe empowering future generations for success is the most rewarding investment an organization can make. That’s why we are honored to work with our distributed customer, Goldman Sachs, on their third annual Local College Collaborative program.
February 15th, 2019 marked our Sales Director Art Formas’ 41st anniversary in the energy industry. Well before we became known as NRG, Art worked for our predecessor, Houston Lighting and Power Company, as a Power Consultant—one of seven job titles he’s held in the industry to date.
Today’s businesses are securing renewable energy in record numbers. In fact, commercial and industrial companies contracted for more renewables last year than ever before — 6.5 GW compared to 2.8 GW in 2017. In Texas alone, the total amount of energy generated from wind and solar has reached nearly 20 percent in recent years. The state stands out for its abundance of renewables offered at attractive prices, motivating businesses to sign large offtake agreements.(1)
Plum Point and WA Parish awarded for performance in 2018.
Safety and environmental stewardship are two of our most critical power values at NRG, and 2018 was the best year yet for meeting safety and sustainability goals. We are proud to announce the 2018 Safety and Environmental award winners: The Plum Point energy station located in Osceola, AR received the Plant of the Year award (as well as the STRIVE safety award recognizing the plant for their exemplary safety record), while our WA Parish generating station in Thompsons, TX received the Green Glass Award for their Environmental Stewardship.