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Florida Power & Light CompanyFlorida Power & Light_table_caption_0
TypeFlorida Power & Light_header_cell_0_0_0 Subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc.Florida Power & Light_cell_0_0_1
IndustryFlorida Power & Light_header_cell_0_1_0 Electric UtilitiesFlorida Power & Light_cell_0_1_1
FoundedFlorida Power & Light_header_cell_0_2_0 1925Florida Power & Light_cell_0_2_1
HeadquartersFlorida Power & Light_header_cell_0_3_0 Juno Beach, Florida, United StatesFlorida Power & Light_cell_0_3_1
Area servedFlorida Power & Light_header_cell_0_4_0 FloridaFlorida Power & Light_cell_0_4_1
Key peopleFlorida Power & Light_header_cell_0_5_0 Eric Silagy, CEOFlorida Power & Light_cell_0_5_1
ProductsFlorida Power & Light_header_cell_0_6_0 Electricity generation, transmission, and distributionFlorida Power & Light_cell_0_6_1
Number of employeesFlorida Power & Light_header_cell_0_7_0 8,700 (2017)Florida Power & Light_cell_0_7_1
WebsiteFlorida Power & Light_header_cell_0_8_0 Florida Power & Light_cell_0_8_1

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), the principal subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc. (formerly FPL Group, Inc.), is a Juno Beach, Florida-based power utility company serving roughly 4.9 million accounts and 10 million people in Florida. Florida Power & Light_sentence_0

It generates, transmits, distributes and sells electric energy. Florida Power & Light_sentence_1

History Florida Power & Light_section_0

American Power & Light, a utility holding company, purchased electricity firms around Florida from March 1924 until December 1925 and tied them together as Florida Power & Light (FPL). Florida Power & Light_sentence_2

The company was incorporated in December 1925. Florida Power & Light_sentence_3

In January 1926, FPL replaced the Miami Beach Electric company. Florida Power & Light_sentence_4

A 1926 hurricane caused damage to power lines through Miami, and FPL, through its parent company, repaired the damage and built two new generating plants. Florida Power & Light_sentence_5

By spring 1927, FPL had 115,000 customers. Florida Power & Light_sentence_6

In 1950, American Power & Light made FPL an independent public corporation that was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in response to a Congressional act which limited utility holding companies. Florida Power & Light_sentence_7

In 1984, the holding company FPL Group Inc. was formed. Florida Power & Light_sentence_8

FPL was the first non-Japanese company to win the Deming Prize for quality from the Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers in 1989. Florida Power & Light_sentence_9

In 1990, FPL and the Jacksonville Electric Authority jointly purchased a portion of Georgia Power Company's Scherer power plant near Macon, Georgia. Florida Power & Light_sentence_10

After the 2005 storm season which included hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, FPL invested more than $2 billion in improvements to the electric grid against severe weather. Florida Power & Light_sentence_11

The company strengthened poles and wires that served critical facilities in the service area. Florida Power & Light_sentence_12

Beginning in 2009, FPL started installing smart meters throughout its service area. Florida Power & Light_sentence_13

The meters transmit energy readings through radio frequencies to the company. Florida Power & Light_sentence_14

The system has alerts for power outages which helps restore power faster. Florida Power & Light_sentence_15

Customers can access a detailed bill which shows how they use power. Florida Power & Light_sentence_16

In March 2010, FPL Group Inc. changed its name to NextEra Energy Inc. to "modernize" the company's image. Florida Power & Light_sentence_17

The stock ticker changed from FPL to NEE. Florida Power & Light_sentence_18

In March 2015, FPL launched a Power Delivery Diagnostic Center which uses smart grid technology to manage the electric system in order to maintain reliable service. Florida Power & Light_sentence_19

In 2016, the company had about 74,000 miles (119,000 km) of power lines in Florida. Florida Power & Light_sentence_20

Power generation Florida Power & Light_section_1

FPL generates 25 gigawatts of energy with a diverse mix of fuels. Florida Power & Light_sentence_21

FPL obtains most of its electricity from natural gas, followed by Nuclear power. Florida Power & Light_sentence_22

FPL uses approximately 1.5 billion to 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day to power customers. Florida Power & Light_sentence_23

Florida utilities consumed an average of almost 3 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in 2012 for a total annual consumption of more than 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Florida Power & Light_sentence_24

FPL Cape Canaveral Next Generation Energy Center Florida Power & Light_section_2

An 800MW dual fuel facility was built near Cape Canaveral in 1965 to supply power to the new Kennedy Space Center. Florida Power & Light_sentence_25

The original FPL Cape Canaveral power plant was demolished on August 22, 2010 to make way for the FPL Cape Canaveral Next Generation Energy Center. Florida Power & Light_sentence_26

The FPL Cape Canaveral Next Generation Energy Center in Sharpes, Florida was completed and opened in April 2013. Florida Power & Light_sentence_27

The 1,200MW combined-cycle natural gas-fired facility was 33 percent more efficient than the plant it replaced and produced half the carbon dioxide emissions, 90 percent less pollutants, and had a 50 percent greater capacity. Florida Power & Light_sentence_28

The plant cost $900 million to complete, which was about $140 million under the projected budget. Florida Power & Light_sentence_29

FPL Port Everglades Next Generation Clean Energy Center Florida Power & Light_section_3

The FPL Port Everglades power plant, which began operation in 1960, was demolished on July 16, 2013 to make way for a new combined cycle facility. Florida Power & Light_sentence_30

The FPL Port Everglades Next Generation Clean Energy Center started construction in 2014 and opened in 2016 as a 1,250MW facility. Florida Power & Light_sentence_31

FPL Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center Florida Power & Light_section_4

The FPL Riviera Beach power plant, commissioned in 1946, was demolished on June 19, 2011. Florida Power & Light_sentence_32

Construction began in the first quarter of 2012 on the 1,250MW Next Generation Energy Center by Zachry Holdings. Florida Power & Light_sentence_33

The new plant has three 265MW combustion engines and one 500MW steam generator and began service in April 2014. Florida Power & Light_sentence_34

FPL West County Energy Center Florida Power & Light_section_5

The West County Energy Center began operating in 2009. Florida Power & Light_sentence_35

Before it was built, activists claimed the power plant was a threat to the nearby wildlife refuge and the ecosystem of the Everglades. Florida Power & Light_sentence_36

Because the plant uses large amounts of water to cool its turbines which can reach up to 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit, activists also argued that millions of gallons of waste water will be deep-well injected below the Floridan aquifer daily, putting a strain on water supplies in South Florida if the power plant was completed. Florida Power & Light_sentence_37

FPL responded stating that the plant reuses water up to six times in the plant. Florida Power & Light_sentence_38

More than a dozen governmental agencies signed off on the plant which was approved by the governor and cabinet. Florida Power & Light_sentence_39

FPL Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center Florida Power & Light_section_6

Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center is the first hybrid solar facility combining a solar thermal array with a combined cycle natural gas power plant in the world. Florida Power & Light_sentence_40

The 74.5MW plant began operation in December 2010. Florida Power & Light_sentence_41

The plant has 190,000 mirrors spread over 500 acres. Florida Power & Light_sentence_42

FPL DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center Florida Power & Light_section_7

The 25MW DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center was completed in October 2009. Florida Power & Light_sentence_43

The plant has more than 90,000 photovoltaic panels over 235 acres. Florida Power & Light_sentence_44

DeSoto was the largest solar plant in the country in 2010. Florida Power & Light_sentence_45

Nuclear facilities Florida Power & Light_section_8

In 1965, FPL announced the building of a $100 million nuclear power plant at Turkey Point. Florida Power & Light_sentence_46

The company announced in 2015 that it had started construction on an expansion to the Turkey Point nuclear facility. Florida Power & Light_sentence_47

The expansion of Turkey Point Nuclear facility received criticism from some South Florida mayors over concerns about high water usage, insufficient evacuation zones and increased risks from rising sea levels. Florida Power & Light_sentence_48

FPL responded that they were working to find a solution. Florida Power & Light_sentence_49

FPL has two nuclear power plants including the St. Florida Power & Light_sentence_50 Lucie Nuclear Power Plant in St. Florida Power & Light_sentence_51 Lucie, Florida (Hutchinson Island) and Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station. Florida Power & Light_sentence_52

Combined, these two plants produce more than 3,000 megawatts of energy. Florida Power & Light_sentence_53

Other plants Florida Power & Light_section_9

Two power plants were completed in Martin County in 1994. Florida Power & Light_sentence_54

In January 2015, FPL announced it would build three solar plants in order to triple its solar capacity as well as a natural-gas fired plant in Okeechobee County. Florida Power & Light_sentence_55

The photovoltaic plants will produce approximately 74.5MW each. Florida Power & Light_sentence_56

The FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center will be located in DeSoto County, FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center will be in Charlotte County, and FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center in Manatee County will be on the site of an existing fuel-efficient natural gas power plant that FPL operates. Florida Power & Light_sentence_57

FPL plans grid energy storage with 409 MW of power and 900 MWh of energy at the site. Florida Power & Light_sentence_58

By 2018, 8 additional PV solar sites were in service at 75MW each. Florida Power & Light_sentence_59

Pipelines Florida Power & Light_section_10

FPL issued a request-for-proposals (RFP) in December 2012 for new natural gas transportation infrastructure into and within Florida. Florida Power & Light_sentence_60

FPL awarded the projects to two firms: Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC and Florida Southeast Connection, LLC. Florida Power & Light_sentence_61

FPL will purchase approximately 400 million cubic feet per day beginning in 2017, and will increase to about 600 million cubic feet per day in 2020. Florida Power & Light_sentence_62

Sabal Trail Transmission Pipeline, a joint venture of Spectra Energy Corp. and NextEra Energy, Inc., will include nearly 500 miles (800 km) of interstate natural gas pipeline that will originate in southwestern Alabama and transport natural gas to Georgia and Florida. Florida Power & Light_sentence_63

It will terminate at a new Central Florida Hub south of Orlando, Florida, where it will interconnect with the two existing natural gas pipelines that currently serve central and southern Florida. Florida Power & Light_sentence_64

The Sabal Trail pipeline will be capable of transporting more than 1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas to serve local distribution companies, industrial users and natural gas-fired power generators in the Southeast U.S. Florida Power & Light_sentence_65

Florida Southeast Connection, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy. Florida Power & Light_sentence_66

To connect with FPL's operations, Florida Southeast Connection will construct a separate, 126 miles (203 km) pipeline from Sabal Trail's Central Florida Hub to FPL's Martin Clean Energy Center in Indiantown, Florida. Florida Power & Light_sentence_67

Environmental impact Florida Power & Light_section_11

Wildlife Florida Power & Light_section_12

The 168 miles of cooling water canals around the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant operated by FPL attract American crocodiles, which nest in the canals. Florida Power & Light_sentence_68

This nesting area has aided in the recovery of the American crocodile population. Florida Power & Light_sentence_69

The plant runs a monitoring program which tracks endangered loggerhead sea turtles, manatees, and crocodiles. Florida Power & Light_sentence_70

The habitat restoration and tagging program includes a sea turtle protection program which has tagged over 12,000 sea turtles over 25 years, comprising one of the largest databases of wild captured sea turtles in the world, and the College of Turtle Knowledge which educates the public about the protection and study of turtles in the area. Florida Power & Light_sentence_71

The cooling outflow of the Riviera Beach Clean Energy Center attracts manatees which seek warm waters. Florida Power & Light_sentence_72

In February 2015, construction began on the Florida Power and Light Manatee Education Center. Florida Power & Light_sentence_73

It will include exhibits and meeting space, a boardwalk, and a manatee web cam. Florida Power & Light_sentence_74

Solar programs Florida Power & Light_section_13

FPL began its program Solar for Schools in 2013 and has installed solar arrays at more than 100 schools and non-profit educational centers across Florida. Florida Power & Light_sentence_75

FPL started the SolarNow program in 2015. Florida Power & Light_sentence_76

FPL customers can voluntarily contribute to the program which makes community-type solar installations throughout Florida. Florida Power & Light_sentence_77

The first installation was at the Young At Art Museum and included an educational display that presented information on how the panels function, the impact weather can have, and a real-time display of how much electricity the solar array generates. Florida Power & Light_sentence_78

The NextEra Energy Next Generation Living Lab at the FPL headquarters in Juno Beach, Florida includes rooftop solar installations which allow the expansion of solar power research. Florida Power & Light_sentence_79

The installations are being used to research clean-energy expansions, next-generation renewable technologies, and efficiency and storage capabilities of the electric grid. Florida Power & Light_sentence_80

Criticism Florida Power & Light_section_14

FPL created a proposal to diversify its fuel sources by building a coal-burning power plant on 5,000 acres (20 km) in Moore Haven, Florida, near the western edge of Lake Okeechobee. Florida Power & Light_sentence_81

After the National Park Service raised concerns that it would emit toxic mercury into the lake and also harm the Everglades, the state Public Service Commission rejected the plan in 2007. Florida Power & Light_sentence_82

In August 2007, the St. Lucie nuclear plant reduced power output while a leak in a condensation pump was repaired. Florida Power & Light_sentence_83

Beginning in January 2009, environmental activists worked to draw attention to what they claimed were damages being wreaked by the power company's 3,750 megawatt Martin County plant. Florida Power & Light_sentence_84

The activists claimed that the power plant is drawing water from the aquifer below the swamp causing the soil to subside below the root systems of the trees. Florida Power & Light_sentence_85

Florida Power & Light, which began voluntarily preserving the land in 1972, reopened the Barley Barber Swamp for tours in 2010. Florida Power & Light_sentence_86

Along with other state utilities, FPL has been criticized for using its influence with state politicians and political organizations to reject laws which would make it easier for home and business owners to adopt rooftop solar. Florida Power & Light_sentence_87

According to the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, several of the top utility companies in Florida, including FPL, have contributed over $12 million towards the election campaigns of state lawmakers since 2010. Florida Power & Light_sentence_88

Awards and recognition Florida Power & Light_section_15

The company was recognized in 2014 as the most trusted U.S. electric utility by Market Strategies International In 2014, FPL was the winner of the ReliabilityOne award for the south region and the Technology & Innovation award, both from the PA Consulting Group. Florida Power & Light_sentence_89

That same year, FPL earned the national ServiceOne Award for outstanding customer service for its 10 consecutive year. Florida Power & Light_sentence_90

According to the 2016 J.D. Florida Power & Light_sentence_91 Power study on energy utilities companies, FPL ranked at the top position in customer satisfaction. Florida Power & Light_sentence_92

Additionally, FPL Group and NextEra Energy were rated as the most admired company amongst gas and electric utilities by Fortune Magazine for eight consecutive years. Florida Power & Light_sentence_93

See also Florida Power & Light_section_16

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