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NRG Proving Adept at Managing Retail and Wholesale Business Together

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NRG Energy has completed its latest strategic shift following the $3.625 billion acquisition of Direct Energy in January 2021, the sale of most of its Northeast power generation fleet, and the closure of four Midwest power plants. These moves have simplified its business, cut costs, and strengthened its balance sheet. With Direct Energy, retail earnings will be about two thirds of total earnings on a normalized basis.

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NRG Energy is one of the largest retail energy providers in the U.S., with 7 million customers, including its 2021 acquisition of Direct Energy. It also is one of the largest U.S. independent power producers, with 16 gigawatts of nuclear, coal, gas, and oil power generation capacity primarily in Texas. Since 2018, NRG has divested its 47% stake in NRG Yield, among other renewable energy and conventional generation investments. NRG exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy as a stand-alone entity in December 2003.

804 Carnegie Center
Princeton, NJ, 08540
T +1 609 524-4500
Industry Utilities - Independent Power Producers
Most Recent Earnings Jun 30, 2022
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2021
Employees 6,635

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