Mark M. Jacobs
Mark M. Jacobs is president and chief executive officer of Reliant Energy. Prior to this position he served as chief financial officer at the company from July 2002 to May 2007. Before joining Reliant in 2002, Jacobs had a long-standing advisory relationship with Reliant as managing director with Goldman, Sachs and Co. Jacobs joined Goldman Sachs in 1989 in mergers and acquisitions in New York and moved to the energy and power group in 1997.
Jacob earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University and a master's degree in management from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Jacobs has the following affiliations:
- Board member of the Houston Museum of Natural Science
- Board member of the Greater Houston Partnership
- Member of the executive board of KIPP, Inc. - "a network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools in under-resourced communities throughout the United States"
Reliant power portfolio
Out of its total 21,551 MW of electric generating capacity in 2005 (2.02% of the U.S. total), Reliant produced 54.2% from natural gas, 37.7% from coal, and 8.0% from oil. Reliant owns power plants in California, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
Existing coal-fired power plants
|Plant Name||State||County||Year(s) Built||Capacity||2007 CO2 Emissions||2006 SO2 Emissions|
|Conemaugh||PA||Indiana||1970, 1971||1872 MW||12,100,000 tons||8,037 tons|
|Keystone||PA||Armstrong||1967, 1968||1872 MW||11,500,000 tons||164,354 tons|
|Avon Lake||OH||Lorain||1949, 1970||766 MW||2,574,000 tons||43,479 tons|
|Cheswick||PA||Allegheny||1970||637 MW||3,161,000 tons||32,373 tons|
|Shawville||PA||Clearfield||1954, 1959, 1960||626 MW||3,107,000 tons||47,287 tons|
|Seward||PA||Indiana||2004||585 MW||3,269,000 tons||18,531 tons|
|Elrama||PA||Washington||1952, 1953, 1954, 1960||510 MW||2,440,000 tons||4,675 tons|
|Portland||PA||Northampton||1958, 1962||427 MW||2,159,000 tons||30,685 tons|
|New Castle||PA||Lawrence||1952, 1958, 1964||348 MW||1,669,000 tons||21,836 tons|
|Niles||OH||Trumbull||1954||266 MW||1,080,000 tons||22,490 tons|
|Titus||PA||Berks||1951, 1953||225 MW||1,209,000 tons||15,963 tons|
In 2006, Reliant's 11 coal-fired power plants emitted 44.3 million tons of CO2 (0.73% of all U.S. CO2 emissions) and 410,000 tons of SO2 (2.73% of all U.S. SO2 emissions). In terms of SO2 emissions per MWh in 2006, Reliant's Portland plant is the 5th dirtiest in the U.S., followed closely by Shawville (7th), Keystone (10th), Avon Lake (11th), and Cheswick (17th).
- Leadership Team, Reliant Energy, accessed December 2008.
- Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
- Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
- Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed June 2008.