JUNO BEACH, Fla. – NextEra Energy, Inc. Chairman and CEO Lew Hay issued the following statement on the “Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012,” which was introduced today by Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources:
“America’s economic vitality and future energy security depend upon an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy, in which we rely on a diverse array of generation technologies and fuels that are cleaner, more efficient, and produced in the United States. A diverse array of generation technologies and fuels will ensure that Americans will benefit as new technologies become more efficient and new sources of fuel are discovered. Over the long term, an ‘all of the above’ approach will produce electric bills that are as low as possible, while ensuring high reliability and fewer harmful emissions.
“Senator Bingaman’s bill provides the right incentives for the nation’s electric utilities and equipment manufacturers to create good, high-paying jobs for American workers and for private capital to accelerate investment in innovative energy technologies. The bill’s market-oriented standard would allow many different types of fuel sources to be competitive, while rewarding innovation, early action, efficiency and project execution.
“We applaud Senator Bingaman’s leadership in introducing this bill. We urge Senators of both parties to build a new bipartisan clean energy consensus that is as broad and diverse as the American energy sources available to us.”
NextEra Energy, Inc.
NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) is a leading clean energy company with 2011 revenues of more than $15.3 billion, more than 41,000 megawatts of generating capacity, and approximately 15,000 employees in 24 states and Canada. Headquartered in Juno Beach, Fla., NextEra Energy’s principal subsidiaries are Florida Power & Light Company, which serves approximately 4.6 million customer accounts in Florida and is one of the largest rate-regulated electric utilities in the country, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which together with its affiliated entities is the largest generator in North America of renewable energy from the wind and sun. Through its subsidiaries, NextEra Energy collectively operates the third largest U.S. nuclear power generation fleet. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.