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 Native American tribes and Canadian indigenous communities. Our tribal/indigenous relations staff works with these communities in several ways:
- Issue avoidance and resolution: We actively work with tribal/indigenous communities in close proximity to projects throughout project development, construction and operation to identify, avoid and/or resolve potential issues that may arise, including cultural resource concerns.
- Internal education: We provide education and training on cultural awareness and consultation regulations to enhance our employees' and contractors' knowledge of, and sensitivity to, Native American and indigenous practices, culture and traditions.
- Local, regional and national tribal/indigenous community support: We support key organizations and facilitate Native American and indigenous vendor and personnel opportunities in an effort to positively impact those communities near our projects.
- Business development: We work with a number of tribes/indigenous communities that wish to develop energy projects on their lands, or invest in energy infrastructure projects, which have the potential to provide economic benefits for these communities.
In late 2019, our tribal/indigenous relations staff collaborated successfully with multiple tribes on all aspects of the 200 MW Emmons Logan Wind Farm in North Dakota. With seven participating tribes involved in micrositing, joint archeological and tribal surveys, and construction monitoring, Nextera Energy’s proactive approach has become a model in the energy industry and has been widely recognized as one of the most effective in the country.