Please join the Mines Global Energy Future Initiative and the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines as we welcome Mauricio Gutierrez, President and Chief Executive Officer, NRG Energy, and Mines Alumni, presenting a virtual seminar titled A Conversation on the Clean Energy Transition with Mauricio Gutierrez on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 from 11:00am – 12:00pm (MT).
Energy is all around us, fueling our day-to-day experiences. It keeps our families safe, it keeps our businesses running and it helps our neighborhoods thrive. But we have to be willing to transform the way we approach energy and imagine new solutions that will strengthen our collective energy community.
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.