As most major US utility companies, in their concern over self-preservation, try in vane to squash net metering programs and slow the growth of the solar industry, NRG is innovating and evolving.
NRG is not a cute little clean energy startup out to save the world. It’s the largest power generator in the country. In addition to directly serving electricity customers coast to coast, NRG is a major electricity wholesaler, providing power to other utility companies for a price.
If any utility should be worried about grid defection, it should probably be NRG. As utility customers quit relying on the grid, NRG’s utility customers will quit buying wholesale power. And then its hundreds of thousands of direct customers will have less and less need for the product NRG provides.
Fortunately, the company stands as a gleaming example to other investor-owned utility companies of how to evolve and survive.