JUNO BEACH, Fla., June 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) announced today that its nuclear energy fleet, including the Duane Arnold Energy Center in Palo, Iowa, received the Nuclear Energy Institute's 2016 top innovation award for pioneering a unique program that significantly improves plant performance.
The Nuclear Energy Institute's B. Ralph Sylvia "Best of the Best" Top Innovative Practice Award recognized the NextEra Energy nuclear fleet's Continuous Improvement Program, which standardizes effective processes, centralizes key functions and implements important efficiencies to improve the performance across all of NextEra Energy's nuclear plants. This prestigious award, which recognizes the best of the best within the nuclear industry, marks the first time the company has earned such an honor.
"We are extremely honored by this award," said Mano Nazar, NextEra Energy's president and chief nuclear officer. "By setting targets and analyzing best practices, our team is able to identify areas for standardizing, centralizing and implementing operational improvements across the entire nuclear fleet. This award is a reflection of our entire team of professionals who are committed to continuous improvement, raising standards and reinforcing public confidence in the safety of nuclear energy."
NextEra Energy Resources has four nuclear generating units located in three states. In total, NextEra Energy, NEER's parent company, owns and operates eight nuclear units in four states. The Duane Arnold Energy Center employs approximately 600 people and generates enough 24-7 electricity to power approximately half a million homes in Iowa.
The Nuclear Energy Institute presented the award and praised the plants for their innovation, which serves as a model for the industry, at the 2016 Nuclear Energy Assembly in Miami, Fla. The Nuclear Energy Institute also presented NextEra Energy with the Top Industry Practice Award for Vision, Leadership & Ingenuity.
"The company's operations are outstanding, and its innovative initiative serves as the foundation of an industry-wide initiative," said Tony Pietrangelo, the Nuclear Energy Institute's senior vice president and chief nuclear officer. "We are honored to recognize the dedicated professionals whose innovative thinking and hard work produced this remarkable accomplishment that will bring benefits to the entire industry."
Pietrangelo noted that NextEra Energy's Continuous Improvement Program yielded many positive results, including standardized procedures for training programs and the Corrective Action Program; improved contractor management, maintenance efficiency, work management and electronic work packages; and centralized outage planning and engineering.
NextEra Energy Resources
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC (together with its affiliated entities, "NextEra Energy Resources"), is a clean energy leader and is one of the largest wholesale generators of electric power in the U.S., with approximately 21,140 megawatts of generating capacity, which includes megawatts associated with non-controlling interests related to NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP), primarily in 25 states and Canada as of year-end 2015. NextEra Energy Resources, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. The business operates clean, emissions-free nuclear power generation facilities in New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin as part of the NextEra Energy nuclear fleet, which is one of the largest in the United States. NextEra Energy Resources, LLC is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.
NextEra Energy, Inc.
NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) is a leading clean energy company with consolidated revenues of approximately $17.5 billion and approximately 14,300 employees in 27 states and Canada as of year-end 2015, as well as approximately 45,000 megawatts of generating capacity, which includes megawatts associated with noncontrolling interests related to NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP) as of April 2016. Headquartered in Juno Beach, Fla., NextEra Energy's principal subsidiaries are Florida Power & Light Company, which serves more than 4.8 million customer accounts in Florida and is one of the largest rate-regulated electric utilities in the United States, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. Through its subsidiaries, NextEra Energy generates clean, emissions-free electricity from eight commercial nuclear power units in Florida, New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin. A Fortune 200 company and included in the S&P 100 index, NextEra Energy has been recognized often by third parties for its efforts in sustainability, corporate responsibility, ethics and compliance, and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune's 2016 list of "World's Most Admired Companies." For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.
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