At NextEra Energy, we believe that engaging and partnering with our communities is essential to establishing an environment of mutual trust and respect, which can lead to positive outcomes on issues of mutual concern. That's why we strive to improve community engagement and foster strong ties to the communities in which we operate.
Spotlight: Donations, Sponsorships Help Make a Difference in Local Communities
NextEra Energy Resources believes in building relationships in communities where it has operating assets or development projects planned or underway. For example, in 2016, the company donated $10,000 to two emergency services in North Dakota to upgrade equipment and support first response needs. NextEra Energy Resources has had a presence in North Dakota since 2003.
The company also supported dozens of events and organizations across the country in 2016, including sponsorships of festivals, rodeos, family and sporting events, and community clubs.
Family Fun Day and Watermelon Festival
Five-year-old Esther Dustin attends the 19th Annual Family Fun Day in North Dakota, sponsored by NextEra Energy Resources.
NextEra Energy Resources was the title sponsor of the 2016 Rush Springs Watermelon Festival in Oklahoma.
NextEra Energy Canada is making a difference in a local community through its donation of more than $230,000 to the Township of Adelaide Metcalfe in Ontario, Canada. These funds went toward the purchase of a new fire truck and equipment for the local community. The Township is home to the Adelaide Wind Energy Center, a 60-megawatt wind project that has been operating since August 2014. Donations were also made to emergency services in North Dakota near our proposed Brady wind projects.
NextEra Energy Resources presented the New England Ambulance Service and New England Volunteer Fire Department each with a $10,000 donation to support the emergency servcies of Hettinger and Stark counties in North Dakota.
Spotlight: Tribal Relations
At NextEra Energy Resources, our focus on the communities where we live and work includes building relationships with those who may have an interest in or be impacted by our projects, including federally recognized Indian Tribes. Our work with Tribes includes:
- Issue Avoidance and Resolution: We actively work with Tribes in close proximity to projects throughout project development, construction, and operation, to avoid and/or resolve potential issues that may arise, including cultural resource concerns, as well as to identify ways to positively impact these communities.
- Internal Education: We provide education and training on tribal cultural awareness and consultation regulations to enhance our employees' and contractors' knowledge of and sensitivity to Native American practices, culture and traditions.
- Local, Regional, and National Tribal Community Support: We support key tribal organizations and facilitate Native American vendor and personnel opportunities in an effort to positively impact tribal communities near our projects.
- Business Development: We work with a number of Indian Tribes that wish to develop energy projects on tribal land, which have the potential to provide economic opportunities for tribal communities.
In 2016, representatives from the Colorado River Indian Tribes presented NextEra Energy Resources President and CEO Armando Pimentel with a traditional Mohave Staff in honor of the company's past, present and future relationship with the Colorado River Indian Tribes. NextEra Energy Resources has worked closely with The Colorado River Indian Tribes on several projects, including the McCoy and Blythe Solar Energy Centers in California.