President of NRG Retail and Reliant
By Adam Bergen
In discussing both her professional and personal life, it’s easy to see Elizabeth Killinger display a sense of pride. Passionate about her role as a wife and mother of three children (“Something fun is always going on in my house”, she says with a laugh), Elizabeth Killinger is equally as passionate about her part in helping the nation’s fourth largest city realize its renewable energy potential. And it starts in no better place than with her current position. “I’ve always had a vision to help consumers have a little less anxiety about their power needs.”
Having helped lead the way into NRG Stadium’s official renaming, she also spearheaded the installation of energy-efficient LED lights throughout the stadium, one of the nation’s first. In addition, she has helped lead NRG Park’s long-term sustainability plan, which includes several small projects, ranging from an EV charging station on premises, to three separate solar panel installations near the stadium, in direct view of the public.
For those not familiar, NRG is paving the way for consumers to expand their electricity options beyond the traditional power grid. With a big push towards renewable energy that is showing no signs of slowing down, the energy giant aims to provide the full suite of power solutions for the end user. Killinger has recently been named the President of Goal Zero as well, NRG’s first foray into the consumer products industry. GOAL ZEROprovides various solar panel-powered charging devices, helping “juice” everything from small gadgets like mobile phones to heavy-duty appliances like televisions and minirefrigerators. For a company that provides traditional electricity to residential and commercial clients, you might be wondering what NRG is doing buying a consumer products company. “Since the customer is at the center of all power choices we provide, we recognize that power needs are going beyond the traditional home,” states the enthusiastic businesswoman. “We want to power your life, not just power your home.”
And it doesn’t stop there. Mrs. Killinger has big plans to help nonprofits across the Houston area with solar and portable power needs, giving back to the community beyond the many boards and volunteer programs she associates with.