To all our stakeholders
2020 has been a year of unprecedented disruption. We have faced a worldwide pandemic coupled with major economic dislocations. We have witnessed injustice and unrest. We have experienced significant shifts in the ways we work and in the ways we live.
The events in 2020 also have reinforced the vital importance of the work we do. Our company and our industry are the very definition of critical infrastructure and essential employees. Electricity powers our health care system, enables first responders to help those in need, allows businesses to stay open or reopen, facilitates online learning and is critical as our communities recover from all the challenges that 2020 has brought.
So in the midst of these extraordinary times, we remain as committed as ever to our long-term strategy.
This strategy starts with a vision: We want to be the largest, most profitable clean energy provider in the world with the best skills and capabilities across the industry. This vision is informed by our values: We are committed to excellence; we do the right thing; we treat people with respect. This vision and these values inspire us every day.
Our strategy also includes a focus on the importance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts that have been a part of everything we do for more than 25 years. We are passionate about generating clean, renewable energy, while protecting the environment and giving back to the community. Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and Gulf Power aim to be the most reliable and best operating utility companies in the country, while rapidly growing clean energy. NextEra Energy Resources is focused on building a diversified clean energy company with an emphasis on growing the world’s leading wind, solar and storage portfolio. Across the enterprise, we are delivering outstanding value for our customers, supporting our communities and empowering our teams, all while generating significant shareholder value and doing good for the environment.
Capital investment is central to executing our strategy. Over the past decade, we have invested nearly $90 billion in clean energy infrastructure, making us the largest U.S. infrastructure investor in the energy industry and one of the largest capital investors across any industry in the U.S. over this period. By investing in smart infrastructure and innovative clean energy solutions, we are helping to build a sustainable energy future that is affordable, reliable and clean. Our capital investments also will help us meet our goal of reducing our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rate 67% by 2025 from a 2005 baseline. We believe that no company in any industry has done more to reduce carbon emissions and to confront climate change than NextEra Energy.
Our strategy also reflects our belief that an energy company can be clean and low cost at the same time. Our investments at FPL have resulted in best-in-class customer value with typical bills that are about 30% below the national average, record reliability and a CO2 emissions profile that is nearly 30% better than the national average. While Gulf Power has only been a part of the NextEra Energy family since January 2019, our investments in several clean energy projects have helped improve its emissions profile and our strategic focus has resulted in a record 20% improvement in reliability and a 20% reduction in O&M costs per retail megawatt-hour (MWh). NextEra Energy Resources has become the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun, as well as a world leader in battery storage not only because our customers and their stakeholders want cleaner emissions, but also because they see that renewables and storage can reduce their costs.
By investing in clean energy and lowering costs for our customers, our strategy also has generated significant benefits for shareholders, customers and the environment. Over the past 15 years, NextEra Energy has had a terrific track record of consistently growing adjusted earnings per share, with a compound annual growth rate over this period of nearly 8.5%. These consistent returns have resulted in NextEra Energy outperforming both the S&P 500 and the S&P 500 Utilities indices in terms of total shareholder return on a one-, three-, five-, seven- and 10-year basis. Over the past 15 years, we have outperformed all of the other companies in the S&P Utilities Index and 85% of the companies in the S&P 500, while more than tripling the total shareholder return of both indices. As a result, we have grown from an average-sized utility by market capitalization 15 years ago to the largest utility company in the world today.
Our strategy is executed by the best team in our industry, a team that is building a diverse and inclusive culture. We believe that diverse teams deliver superior business results, partly because they can better appreciate the needs of the communities we serve, but mostly because they challenge old ways of doing things and generate innovative solutions to our energy challenges. Together, we see an unprecedented opportunity to shape how energy is produced and delivered on this continent. We aim to be in the vanguard as we advance toward a fully sustainable energy era. We intend to continue to disrupt and transform our own industry and to deliver on all of our commitments to our stakeholders.
We live and work amid historic challenges. Many of us have experienced these challenges in a very personal way. Yet I believe our company will look back on 2020 as a year in which we met those challenges and emerged from them stronger than ever. I believe that we will be even better positioned to help everyone recover and rebuild.
Thank you for your interest in learning more about NextEra Energy. Please stay safe in all that you do.
Chairman & CEO