• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Mauricio Gutierrez

NRG Energy

President & Chief Executive Officer

Mauricio Gutierrez is President and CEO of NRG Energy, America’s premier competitive power company. Mauricio joined NRG in 2004 and helped build it from a regional wholesale generation business into a national, Fortune 500 energy company. Previously he held the positions of Chief Operating Officer for five years and Executive Vice President of commercial operations overseeing all commodities trading. Mauricio has held several senior positions at energy merchant Dynegy and consulting firm DTP in Mexico City. Mauricio is leading the company’s transformation to a customer-focused organization that empowers consumers with personalized energy choices. As CEO, Mauricio rightsized business operations through aggressive costs reductions and a $3.2 billion divestiture program, reduced corporate debt by 80% and increased the dividend by 10x. Mauricio has also overseen a 30% growth in retail customers as the company continues to advance its consumer strategy. Under his tenure, NRG implemented a comprehensive sustainability framework into the business strategy through best-in-class governance and transparency. NRG was the first power Company to report under the Sustainability Standards Accounting Board (SASB) requirements in 2016. It was also one of the first to have Science Based carbon reductions targets and in 2019, the company accelerated its carbon reduction goals to align with the 1.5 degree Celsius scenario and achieve net zero by 2050. NRG has been recognized as one of the best places to work and best employers for diversity by Forbes. Mauricio is a member of the Business Roundtable and serves on the boards of NRG Energy, Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA), Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP) and Drexel University. He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the Universidad Panamericana and two master's degrees - one in mineral economics from the Colorado School of Mines and one in petroleum economics from the French Petroleum Institute.

Sessions With Mauricio Gutierrez

Thursday, 9 March

  • 10:50am - 11:25am (CST) / 09/mar/2023 04:50 pm - 09/mar/2023 05:25 pm

    How Will US Power Markets Change?

    Power & Renewables
    The passage of the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act is expected to accelerate the pace of transition underway across U.S. power markets. Dramatic growth in wind, solar and energy storage alongside greater electrification of the economy will transform the sector over the next decade. Wholesale power markets are evolving to accommodate the shifting landscape, but further adaptation will be necessary to maintain reliable and resilient markets. What will become of wholesale power markets in a renewables-dominated future? What role can we expect distributed energy resources to play in the future? How will resource adequacy planning evolve to handle increasing dynamic power markets?