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May 21, 2014

Statement by Chairman and CEO of NextEra Energy on EPA's Final Regulations for Cooling Water Intake Structures at Existing Facilities

JUNO BEACH, Fla. – NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) Chairman and CEO Jim Robo issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of its final rule under section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act:

“As North America’s leading clean energy company, we rely on cooling water when generating power from a wide variety of fuels, including U.S.-produced natural gas and emissions-free nuclear power. And we fully appreciate the need to balance the health of our water resources with the need to produce reliable and affordable energy.

“The final rule reflects the EPA’s constructive engagement with multiple stakeholders, including the electric utility industry. While we are still reviewing the rule in detail, we are pleased that it does not impose a national one-size-fits-all standard but rather adopts a plant-specific, technology-based approach that can address the uniqueness of each water body.”

NextEra Energy, Inc.
NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) is a leading clean energy company with consolidated revenues of approximately $15.1 billion, approximately 42,500 megawatts of generating capacity, and approximately 13,900 employees in 26 states and Canada as of year-end 2013. Headquartered in Juno Beach, Fla., NextEra Energy's principal subsidiaries are Florida Power & Light Company, which serves approximately 4.7 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 largest generator in North America 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. NextEra Energy has been recognized often by third parties for its efforts in sustainability, corporate responsibility, ethics and compliance, and diversity, and has been named No. 1 overall among electric and gas utilities on Fortune’s list of “World’s Most Admired Companies” for eight consecutive years, which is an unprecedented achievement in its industry. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites:,,