NRG Energy

InfluenceMap Score
C-
Performance Band
53%
Organisation Score
63%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Utilities
Head​quarters:
Houston, United States
Wikipedia:

NRG Energy appears to have mixed engagement with climate change policy with some inconsistent positions. Although it supports global emissions reductions in line with IPCC targets, it has advocated for regulations to enable a market-based response to climate change. NRG Energy expressed general support for the Clean Power Plan but engaged with policymakers to oppose the speed of emissions reductions and its potential impact on competitive markets. Similarly, NRG Energy appears to endorse a transition to a low-carbon economy which relies on competitive markets over regulation. NRG's support of the continued use of coal appears inconsistent with its apparent support of a low-carbon transition since there are still significant barriers to large-scale use of CCS with coal. Interviews with CEO Mauricio Gutierrez suggest opposition to policies that would implement a carbon tax but support of cap-and-trade mechanisms. However, NRG Energy reportedly opposed the extension of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a regional cap-and-trade system in the US. NRG Energy has stated that the replacement of the CPP with weaker ACE legislation will likely be positive for its operations. NRG Energy does not clearly disclose the trade associations it engages with. The trade associations it appears to belong to have a mixed impact on climate policy; the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is actively lobbying for ambitious climate policy whilst the National Petroleum Council (NPC) has advocated for maintaining a high GHG emissions energy mix.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency
2 NS NS NS NS 1 1 NA
Climate Science Stance
0 1 NA 1 NS NS NS NA
Need for Climate Regulation
0 1 NS 0 0 NS 0 NA
UN Treaty Support
1 2 NS NS NS 2 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
0 NA -1 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax
NS NS NS 0 0 -1 NS NA
Emissions Trading
NS NS NS NS -2 1 NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation
0 1 1 0 0 NS NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix
0 0 NS 0 0 0 -1 NA
GHG Emission Standards
NS NS 0 0 NS NS -1 NA
Disclosure on Relationships
0 NS -2 NA NA NA NS NA
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
50%
 
50%
 
41%
 
41%
 
48%
 
48%
 
94%
 
94%
 
93%
 
93%

How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.