JUNO BEACH, Fla., April 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- NextEra Energy,
the world leader in wind and solar energy, today announced
coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency assistance has surpassed
$4 million in just one month's
Initially announced on March 17
and provided by the NextEra Energy Foundation and the Gulf Power
Foundation, the emergency funds continue to be distributed to
partner organizations working on the frontlines of the COVID-19
crisis to provide critical support to the most vulnerable members
of our communities.
"Preparing for the unexpected and quickly responding to a crisis
is in our DNA and at the very core of our company," said NextEra
Energy Chairman and CEO Jim Robo.
"In addition to working tirelessly to deliver the 24/7 electricity
that's powering the COVID-19 response, we remain steadfastly
committed to doing everything we can to support the most vulnerable
in our communities when they need us most."
"NextEra Energy has always been a tremendous partner and a
company that cares deeply about the community it serves," said
United Way of Palm Beach County CEO Laurie
George. "During this unprecedented time when so many of our
neighbors are facing sudden, extraordinary challenges, it's
absolutely critical to have a company like NextEra Energy step up
to the plate and lend a helping hand through such generous
The NextEra Energy family of companies operates in 45 states and
includes Florida Power & Light
Company, FPL Home, Gulf Power Company and NextEra Energy Resources.
Through numerous crises, including hurricanes, major floods,
tornadoes and other severe weather events, NextEra Energy has a
long-standing track record of helping communities bounce back after
a crisis and return to normal.
Florida Power & Light
Company, the largest electric utility in Florida, and Gulf Power Company, which serves
more than 470,000 customers in northwest Florida, have suspended
electric service disconnections and continue to work with customers
experiencing hardship in response to COVID-19. Additionally, both
companies are seeking approval from the Florida Public Service
Commission to pass new fuel savings to customers through a
significant one-time bill decrease in May, rather than spread
savings out over the remainder of the year as is standard practice
in Florida. The companies believe
this approach is the fastest way to get much-needed money back in
customers' pockets amid the economic uncertainty.
NextEra Energy, Inc.
NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE)
is a leading clean energy company headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida. NextEra Energy owns two
electric companies in Florida:
Florida Power & Light Company,
which serves more than five million customer accounts in
Florida and is one of the largest
rate-regulated electric utilities in the
United States; and Gulf Power Company, which serves more
than 470,000 customers in eight counties throughout northwest
Florida. NextEra Energy also owns a competitive energy business,
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated
entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from
the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage. Through its
subsidiaries, NextEra Energy generates clean, emissions-free
electricity from eight commercial nuclear power units in
Florida, New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin. A Fortune 200 company and included
in the S&P 100 index, NextEra Energy has been recognized often
by third parties for its efforts in sustainability, corporate
responsibility, ethics and compliance, and diversity. NextEra
Energy is ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry
on Fortune's 2020 list of "World's Most Admired Companies" and
ranked among the top 25 on Fortune's 2018 list of companies that
"Change the World." For more information about NextEra Energy
companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com,
www.FPL.com, www.GulfPower.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.
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