JUNO BEACH, Fla., Sept. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The NextEra Energy Foundation, the charitable arm of Florida Power & Light Company and its parent, NextEra Energy, Inc., today announced it is donating $1 million to the Florida Disaster Fund to support relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
In addition, the Foundation will match individual contributions by employees of FPL and other NextEra Energy subsidiaries. Florida is home to more than 10,000 of the company's employees.
"Hurricane Irma is one of the largest and most devastating storms to ever impact Florida, and all Floridians are recovering. Thousands of FPL employees and partners from across the country are working day and night to help get Florida back up and running," said Jim Robo, NextEra Energy chairman and CEO. "NextEra Energy is a Florida company. We work here, and we live here. Like many Floridians, many of our employees have been impacted personally by Irma's wrath, and every day in the field we see fellow Floridians whose homes and businesses were damaged and lives uprooted by this brutal force of nature."
"The commitment and heart of the men and women with whom I have the privilege of working is humbling. As energy company employees in the aftermath of a hurricane, restoring power is our imperative. As Floridians recovering from a massive natural disaster, helping our communities rebuild is our duty," Robo said.
Earlier this week, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane and swept nearly the entire state, causing damage in all 35 counties FPL serves and interrupting electric service for approximately 4.4 million of FPL's 5 million customer accounts. Across the state, millions have been impacted, and FPL and other electric utilities continue to work around the clock to restore power to all Floridians.
NextEra Energy, Inc.
NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) is a leading clean energy company with consolidated revenues of approximately $16.2 billion, approximately 45,900 megawatts of generating capacity, which includes megawatts associated with noncontrolling interests related to NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP), and approximately 14,700 employees in 30 states and Canada as of year-end 2016. Headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida, NextEra Energy's principal subsidiaries are Florida Power & Light Company, which serves nearly 5 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 2017 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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