“This combination ushers in a new era of scale, scope, and market and fuel diversification in the competitive power industry,” said NRG President and CEO David Crane, who will continue his current positions with the combined company. “The greater depth and breadth gained through the combination with GenOn will put NRG in a uniquely strong position to fulfill the needs of American energy consumers in the 21st century.”

“NRG and GenOn are a great fit geographically and operationally, and we look forward to working together to capture efficiencies from the scale associated with the transaction to deliver enhanced value to our Investors,” said GenOn Chairman and CEO Edward R. Muller, who will join the NRG board of directors as vice chairman.

The combined company will retain the name NRG Energy. An expanded core generation fleet will enable the combined company to duplicate in multiple core markets (principally in the East). The combined company will be dual headquartered, with financial and commercial headquarters in Princeton, N.J., and operational headquarters in Houston, Texas.