Critical infrastructure faces mounting physical and cyber threats and it takes innovative ideas and leaders to help keep the lights on. David Crane was recently confirmed as the first-ever Under Secretary for Infrastructure at the U.S. Department of Energy, tasked with deploying clean energy manufacturing and capacity and enhancing domestic energy security. Prior to his confirmation as Under Secretary for Infrastructure he served as Director of DOE’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations. Outside of government, Crane was the CEO of Climate Real Impact Solutions and served on the Boards of Heliogen Inc., Source Global, JERA Co. Inc., and Tata Steel Ltd., along with the not-for-profit Boards of Elemental Excelerator and The Climate Group NA. He was also a part of The B Team, serving as a leader and chairing the organization’s Net Zero Initiative. Previously, Crane was CEO of NRG, where he led large-scale initiatives in utility-scale renewables (now Clearway), residential solar, post combustion carbon capture (Petra Nova) and DC fast charging (EVGO). Prior to NRG, Crane was CEO of International Power Plc, a UK-domiciled FTSE-100 company. Crane was awarded the Corporate Environmental Leadership award by GlobalGreen in 2014 and the Equinox Solar Champion Award and the C.K. Prahalad Award for Global Sustainability Business Leadership, both in 2015. NRG, under Crane’s leadership, was a key member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership from 2008 to 2011.