Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                       Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
                       the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

       Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) NOVEMBER 29, 2001

                                NRG ENERGY, INC.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

                 (State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)

        001-15891                                         41-1724239
        ---------                                         ----------
(Commission File Number)                       (IRS Employer Identification No.)

901 MARQUETTE AVENUE, SUITE 2300                MINNEAPOLIS, MN          55402
(Address of principal executive offices)                              (Zip Code)

         Registrant's telephone number, including area code 612-373-5300

          (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


On November 29, 2001, NRG Energy, Inc. announced that it signed asset purchase
and sale agreements with subsidiaries of FirstEnergy Corporation to acquire a
2,535 MW portfolio of generating assets.

In a conference call held on November 30, 2001 to discuss the acquisition, NRG
management responded to questions on NRG's exposure to Enron. Management
reiterated its previously reported estimate that NRG's exposure to Enron
through global trading activity is less than $10 million. Management also
confirmed that National Energy Production Corporation ("NEPCO"), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Enron, is the construction contractor for two of NRG's greenfield
development projects, the Kendall and Nelson generating facilities in Illinois.
In both of these projects, Enron guarantees the payment and performance
obligations of its subsidiary under the construction contract. NRG is currently
in discussions with NEPCO in respect of NRG's demand that a performance and
payment bond be provided in place of Enron's guarantee. NRG management believes
that even if NRG's Kendall and Nelson projects were to be delayed or disrupted,
this should not have a material adverse effect on NRG's operations or financial
results for 2001 or 2002. While this is NRG's belief based on currently
available information, the situation is developing rapidly and NRG is unable to
predict precisely at this time the ultimate effect of Enron's financial
difficulties on NRG's business or the energy industry.

The press release announcing the agreements with FirstEnergy is filed with this
Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.12 See "Item 7. Exhibits."

Item 7. Exhibits.

The following exhibit is filed with this report on Form 8-K:

Exhibit No.        Description

99.12              Press release issued November 29, 2001, of NRG Energy, Inc.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                      NRG Energy, Inc.

                                      By  /s/      Leonard A. Bluhm
                                          Leonard A. Bluhm
                                          Executive Vice President
                                          and Chief Financial Officer
                                          (Principal Financial Officer)

Dated:  November 30, 2001