NextEra Energy, formerly Florida Power and Light, is a Florida-based utility company with operations in Canada and the U.S. Despite being sometimes described as the “greenest energy giant” in the U.S., it generates almost three quarters of its power from natural gas and nuclear. It has used dirty tricks to stop Florida residents from installing rooftop solar in order to preserve its monopoly on electricity in the state. The tricks included coordinating “ghost” candidates during elections, spying on a journalist and taking over a local newspaper, according to leaked documents obtained by Floodlight and the Orlando Sentinel in 2022.
NextEra is also one of the owners of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a 300 mile (483 kilometer) natural gas pipeline that stretches from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia. The pipeline would cut through the homes of low-income, Black, and Indigenous people, turning their land into a “sacrifice zone”, which is why they have strongly resisted the project. Construction on the pipeline began in 2018 but has faced legal hurdles due to its environmental impacts, including facing over 450 water-quality-related violations in Virginia and West Virginia.
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NextEra Energy was profiled as part of the report "Green" Multinationals Exposed: How the Energy Transition is Being Hijacked by Corporate Interests.
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- Powerless in the United States: How Utilities Drive Shutoffs and Energy Injustice by the Center for Biological Diversity, Energy and Policy Institute and BailoutWatch (2023)
- The Status and Impact of the Mountain Valley Pipeline by Appalachian Voices (2022)
- Mountain Valley Pipeline: A Case Study in Local Resistance and Mobilization by Diana Christopulos (2021)
Matrix LLC – the Shadowy Firm That Helps NextEra Energy and Southern Company Fight Environmentalists
Pratap Chatterjee | CorpWatch | August 11, 2022
Two of the biggest U.S. energy utilities - NextEra and Southern Company – have been using Matrix LLC, a secretive political consulting firm in Montgomery, Alabama, to fight regulators and progressive politicians in states like Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Virginia, according to a slew of leaked internal memos.
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- Business and Human Rights Resource Centre's profile on Next Era Energy - UK-based Business and Human Rights Resource Centre is an NGO that employs researchers on five continents who work with activists, companies and governments alike to advance human rights in business by eradicating abuse.
Kaitlyn Dillon | WDBJ7 | October 17, 2023
Three protestors were arrested after attaching themselves to Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) equipment on Monday.
Kylie Bill | The Eagle Online | September 19, 2022
Following the proposal of the Mountain Valley Pipeline by Sen. Joe Manchin, sacrifice zone communities come together to relay the message that they won’t back down.
Allison Kvien | Vote Solar | July 19, 2022
Last Monday evening, after significant public pressure and before the PSC could open a formal hearing process, we learned that FPL filed to voluntarily withdraw the section of its plan focused on surges for electricity demand in winter.
The Cleo Institute | May 9, 2022
The letter, published on May 9th, 2022 in the Miami Herald, is an invitation to FPL, its board members, shareholders, and its parent company, Next Era, to embrace Climate Solutions as soon as possible. FPL needs to stop its greenwashing ads and embrace clean renewable technologies...
Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights (POWHR) | April 7, 2022
An expansive movement of landowners, Indigenous water protectors, Black leaders, and climate activists are mobilizing to ensure the Mountain Valley Pipeline is stopped. On Thursday, April 7, hundreds will gather on Zoom for ‘We Believe We Will Win: A Rally to Stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline,’...
Lauren Krakau | WEAR-TV | February 19, 2022
Dozens of residents from across the area gathered in front of FPL's building on Bayfront Parkway waving signs. They say they want to let the power company know they won't stand for what they call excessive increases in their power bills.
Meg Bernhard | Yahoo | November 3, 2021
When some people look at the Mojave Desert, they see a vast expanse of nothing. But Shannon Salter sees ancient Mojave yuccas and wispy creosote bushes, shrewd kangaroo rats and slender foxes, all living atop a hard-packed crust of rock and lichen formed over thousands of years.
Pat Thomas | WDBJ7 | August 9, 2021
According to Appalachians Against Pipelines, ten people locked themselves to equipment in the Cove Hollow Road area to protect such things as fish and birds the group says are native species threatened by the MVP. All ten have been removed and arrested, and released from jail.
WRIC | November 16, 2018
Charges have been dropped against a mother and daughter who lived in trees for over a month to save them from being cut down for a natural gas pipeline.
Colleen Wixon | Treasure Coast Newspapers | October 5, 2018
But the expected Oct. 1 closing of FPL's $185 million purchase of the city electric system has come and gone, delayed by four protests to the state Public Service Commission.
Max Sullivan | Seacoast Online | December 8, 2016
NextEra Energy Seabrook reached an agreement with a labor union representing Seabrook Station nuclear power plant employees last week, averting an impending lock-out.
WWALS Watershed Coalition | October 14, 2016
The headquarters of FPL, whose ratepayers are on the hook for $3 billion for the Transco → Sabal Trail → FSC fracked methane pipeline boondoggle through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, Sierra Club and Indian Riverkeeper are holding a Rush Hour Rally this Friday, October 14th 2016 in Juno Beach, Florida.
- Appalachians Against Pipelines
- Appalachian Trail Conservancy
- Appalachian Voices
- Center for Biological Diversity
- Chesapeake Climate Action Network
- Energy and Policy Institute
- Floridians Against Increased Rates
- Florida Taxpayers for Utility Monopoly Oversight
- FPL Class Action
- Friends of the Everglades
- Indigenous Environmental Network
- Mountain Valley Watch
- Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
- Pensacola For Public Power
- Preserve Craig
- Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights (POWHR)
- Seminole Tribe of Florida
- Sierra Club
- Solar United Neighborhoods
- Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
- Stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline
- The Trek
- The Cleo Institute
- Tropical Audubon Society
- West Virginia Rivers
- Wild Virginia
Jim Saunders | WLRN | March 22, 2023
An appeals court said Wednesday that Florida Power & Light can face a class-action lawsuit stemming from power outages in Hurricane Irma, which barreled up the state in 2017. A three-judge panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal upheld a Miami-Dade County circuit judge’s decision that certified the lawsuit as a class action.
Pipeline & Gas Journal | March 3, 2023
Patrick Grenter, the Beyond Dirty Fuels campaign director for the Sierra Club, which is involved in ongoing litigation challenging the project's approvals, said in a statement that the biological opinion was "hasty" and ignored concerns for endangered species.
As comment deadlines come to a close, more than 40,000 voice opposition to new Mountain Valley Pipeline federal permits
Appalachian Voices | February 24, 2023
In response to the U.S. Forest Service’s intention to break 11 of its own rules for the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline, over 30,000 individuals and organizations submitted their opposition to the agency’s plan ahead of a February 21 deadline.
Daniel Moore & Maya Earls | Bloomberg | January 26, 2022
For about seven years, the Mountain Valley Pipeline project has forged through a raft of legal challenges and regulatory hurdles that ultimately doomed several other projects in the region.
Mario Alejandro Ariza, Miranda Green & Annie Martin | The Guardian | July 27, 2022
Matrix employees had a Jacksonville journalist spied on after he wrote critically about FPL. And in 2020, Matrix even harnessed the power of the press for itself, when its employees acquired control of The Capitolist, a Tallahassee-based political news site which it used for favorable coverage, leaked records show.
Jim Little | Pensacola News Journal | April 20, 2022
The Florida Public Service Commission approved a settlement agreement in October that allowed the new FPL rates to go into effect in January. The settlement is being contested in two separate actions before the Florida Supreme Court.
Rod Walton | Power Engineering | April 8, 2021
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a $150,000 fine for Florida Power & Light after several of its employees falsified maintenance records at the Turkey Point nuclear power plant.
Bilaterals | June 18, 2020
The US giant NextEra, the world’s largest electricity company by market capitalization, has been victorious in its long, multi-million dollar arbitration process against Spain regarding subsidies’ cuts which took place years ago.
Mary Ellen Klas | Tampa Bay Times | May 19, 2016
In a rebuke to Florida Power & Light, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that state regulators exceeded their authority when they allowed the company to charge customers for its speculative investment into an Oklahoma-based fracking company.
NERC | October 8, 2009
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today approved a $25 million civil penalty as part of a settlement with Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) stemming from a February 2008 blackout that lost power for millions of consumers in South Florida for several hours.
The Wilderness Society | December 22, 2022
The Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would stretch more than 300 miles through the Southeast United States, has already caused significant and devastating impacts to communities along its route, streams and water bodies, and the Jefferson National Forest.
Sophie Shepherd | Truthout | August 28, 2022
Both Schumer and Manchin have received major donations from the pipeline company that benefits from their deal: NextEra Energy. And, at the end of the day, this bill was designed to reduce inflation — not save the planet.
John Engel | Renewable Energy World | June 4, 2022
In total, at least 150 golden eagles have died at ESI Energy wind farms since 2012, DOJ said; 136 bird deaths have been linked to wind turbine blade strikes. As part of the settlement announced on April 5, ESI Energy was fined $1.8 million and must pay $6.2 million in restitution.
Willie Dodson & Jessica Sims | Appalachian Voices | July 16, 2021
Developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) are claiming they will offset a portion of the carbon emissions from the 303-mile, multi-state project by paying $150 million to … a coal company... Complicating the arrangement, the project agreement is with a subsidiary of MVP investor, NextEra Energy Resources, which would then be both the seller and the buyer of the carbon offsets.
David R Baker, Gerson Freitas Jr & Ari Natter | Bloomberg | December 3, 2020
It spent millions to block homeowners from embracing solar panels, fought against hydropower, and pushed for an energy project next to a beloved national park. Its value competes with Exxon Mobil Corp.’s.
Paul J. Gough | Pittsburgh Business Times | October 15, 2019
It will also require MVP, which is owned by Equitrans Midstream Corp., to submit to environmental protection compliance.
Jerry Ianelli | Miami New Times | January 16, 2017
South Florida sits atop two gigantic underground stores of water: the Biscayne and Floridan Aquifers. Miamians get most of their drinking water from the upper Biscayne Aquifer, while the government has used the lower portion of the Floridan to dump waste and untreated sewage...
Jerry Ianelli | Miami New Times | July 13, 2016
In March, state regulators announced that the Turkey Point nuclear power plant had been leaking dangerous saltwater into the Biscayne Bay, and possibly the Biscayne Aquifer, the county's largest source of drinking water, leaving local politicians aghast.
Lucas Daprile | Treasure Coast Newspapers | May 6, 2016
St. Lucie nuclear power plant operations have sucked more than 4,100 protected sea turtles from the ocean — more than one a day, on average — in the near decade it's taken the federal government to approve a pipe grate expected to take two years to test and install, a Treasure Coast Newspapers investigation found.
Scott Parkin | Rainforest Action Network | January 11, 2009
Seventeen Everglades Earth First! activists were arrested in an effort to re-open Barley Barber swamp for public use and immediate scientific monitoring. Expressing great concern for the impact Florida Power and Light has had on this landmark property, activists engaged in civil disobedience...
Craig Pittman | Tampa Bay Times | June 6, 2007
Global warming concerns helped persuade the state Public Service Commission on Tuesday to reject a plan by Florida's largest utility to build a $5.7-billion coal-fired power plant near Everglades National Park.
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Marisela Burgos | 7 News Miami | January 4, 2023
The victim, who was in his 30s, was a subcontractor for Florida Power and Light, and was working on power lines that came into contact with his truck, setting it on fire.
Jordan Zakarin & Josh Hirschfeld-Kroen | More Perfect Union | September 19, 2022
Florida Power and Light, or FPL, is the biggest power company in the state, serving approximately 12 million people. FPL is also one of the biggest political spenders in the state, and that is how FPL has been able to gouge working class Floridians over $1.5 billion in rate increases over the next couple of years.
Mark Armao | Grist | October 15, 2021
A fracking company wants to extend the Mountain Valley Pipeline into the lands of Indigenous people and predominantly Black communities.
Will Wade | BNN Bloomberg | May 20, 2021
A major new transmission line intended to pipe carbon-free hydropower from Canada into the U.S. Northeast has met a powerful opponent: the world’s largest provider of renewable energy.
Ben Delman | Solar United Neighborhoods | March 17, 2020
Utilities use fake community solar programs to maintain their control over the energy system. True community solar enables individuals, businesses, or organizations to buy or lease a “share” in a specific, nearby solar installation.
WESH 2 | November 12, 2019
A worker fell approximately 35-feet while taking down scaffolding at a power plant Tuesday morning in east Orange County, officials said. It happened around 8:45 a.m. in a section of the Stanton Energy Center on South Alafaya Trail that is operated by NextEra Energy, Orange County Fire Rescue Officials said.
United States: A worker is fired after raising a health and safety concern in power plant; Florida Power & Light is fined by federal authority
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre | September 18, 2018
One infraction involved FPL’s dismissal of a part-time employee of a third-party contractor at the St. Lucie Nuclear Plant after the worker raised a safety concern in 2017. The other violation occurred when a former vice president of FPL created a phony journal to justify the firing to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Jerry Iannelli | Miami New Times | November 29, 2016
It's been a straight-up shameful year for FPL: After spending most of 2016 wasting more than $8 million on a failed campaign designed to trick consumers into giving up their rights to solar panels, FPL is now patting itself on the back by hiking rates by $811 million dollars, despite already bringing in profits of more than $1.5 billion per year.It's been a straight-up shameful year for FPL: After spending most of 2016 wasting more than $8 million on a failed campaign designed to trick consumers into giving up their rights to solar panels, FPL is now patting itself on the back by hiking rates by $811 million dollars, despite already bringing in profits of more than $1.5 billion per year.
Skyler Swisher | The Daytona Beach News-Journal | June 13, 2012
"They are making record profits when most people are taking pay cuts, and they are still asking for more," said Kosarek, who is a member of a political action committee working to establish a municipal utility system in South Daytona.
United States Department of Labor | August 23, 2011
On August 22, 2011, an employee and Coworker #1 were assigned to perform minor maintenance on wind tower number 4 at the Endeavor number 1 wind farm. The employees and Coworker #1 had performed all prework preparation and inspections of personal protective equipment.
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Adrien Sénécat | Le Monde | November 30, 2022
[BlackRock's "sustainable energy" investment fund's] three largest assets are heavyweights in the fossil fuel sector. The German energy company RWE AG, the American company Nextera Energy and the Italian company Enel SPA alone account for 16% of its assets, even though they produce around half of their electricity from coal, gas and oil.
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Marianne Lavelle | Inside Climate News | April 19, 2023
ACP is urging the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service to adopt lenient accounting rules on clean hydrogen that are supported by its big utility and gas industry members like utility giant NextEra Energy, and the oil and gas behemoth BP.
Rebecca Burns, Julia Rock & Andrew Perez | The Lever | May 31, 2023
The language nestled into the agreement reached by the Biden administration and congressional Republicans last weekend came amid a flood of campaign cash from executives at NextEra Energy, one of the companies spearheading the pipeline, to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (Ind.-Ariz.) and two other Democratic senators whose votes could be needed to pass the agreement.
Jon Lamson | Dig Boston | February 28, 2023
As gas prices and heating costs skyrocket across Massachusetts, fossil fuel producers and providers are spending hundreds of thousands to promote their political agendas to state officials and lawmakers... NextEra, which functions as a supplier for electricity aggregation programs in 23 towns across the state, spent $155,000 on its own lobbying operation.
Newsbreak | February 17, 2023
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his corporate donors are facing criticism over the handling of Black History Month. The state's largest utility, Florida Power & Light, and its parent company NextEra Energy, have come under fire for donating to DeSantis's reelection campaign while failing to acknowledge or honor Black History Month.
Timothy Cama | E&E News | January 27, 2023
The biggest climate bill in U.S. history helped fuel heavy lobbying from chemical, oil and electric utility companies.
Julia Rock, Andrew Perez & David Sirota | The Lever | September 23, 2022
A “clean power” group with ties to the fossil fuel industry is selling the Manchin-Schumer gas export bill as a climate victory... The most prominent example is an executive from the utility giant NextEra Energy, which is leading the Mountain Valley Pipeline — a project that would specifically be fast-tracked under the bill. The permitting measure was negotiated by coal baron Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who have together raked in more than $340,000 in campaign contributions from NextEra since 2017.
Amid Connections to Ongoing Election Scandals, NextEra Pours Millions into Florida’s 2022 Election Cycle
Alissa Jean Schafer | Energy & Policy Institute | September 8, 2022
With two months until voters elect the next Florida Governor, NextEra Energy and its subsidiaries, Florida Power & Light and Florida City Gas, have poured nearly $6 million into state level campaign funds and political committees.
Andrew Caplan | The Gainesville Sun | August 14, 2022
Last week, the Miami Herald reported receiving a trove of documents, including emails, texts and financial records, showing that Florida Power and Light, one of the state’s largest utility providers, was behind a nonprofit that bankrolled $200,000 in dark money for former Gainesville city commissioner Charles Goston’s state Senate run.
Jon Skolnik | Salon | December 11, 2021
Records reviewed by the Sentinel indicate that Florida Power & Light (FPL), the country's largest electricity company, helped coordinate three separate ghost candidates – one of whom was Rodríguez – in order to bolster its own business interests in the state legislature.
Steve LeBlanc | GBH News | August 25, 2019
The company spending the most on lobbying in 2018 was NextEra Energy, which describes itself as the world's largest utility company and the largest producer of wind and solar energy. The company spent about $372,000 on lobbying which it said was related to "the production, transmission, distribution, sale and ancillary services associated with electricity."
Robin Andrews | IFL Science | September 18, 2017
As pointed out by the Miami New Times, Florida Power and Light (FPL) – a major supplier of electricity to the state – has invested heavily in lobbying state lawmakers to disallow residents from powering their own homes with rooftop solar power panels.
Sen. Frank Artiles updates his report to reflect nearly $2,000 in travel, food and expenses from FPL
Mary Ellen Klas | Miami Herald | March 14, 2017
Florida Power & Light's paid nearly $2,000 in flights, food and beverage for Sen. Frank Artiles to travel to Daytona Beach and Disney's Epcot theme park last month, an expense the senator reported late Monday on his political committee's web site only after questions by the Herald/Times.
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Eva Fedderly | Courthouse News Service | June 29, 2018
The 11th Circuit shot down a novel request Thursday for NextEra Energy to get a tax refund on the $97 million it paid to dispose of nuclear waste.
Jerry Ianelli | Miami New Times | April 24, 2017
Not that FPL is paying any of those record profits back to taxpayers. A study last month by the independent Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy found that FPL's parent company, NextEra Energy, did not pay federal income tax in the eight years from 2008 to 2015, and instead received a net credit of $313 million over that time frame.
United States Senate | February 18, 2015
NEXTERA ENERGY, INC. Effective federal income tax rate from 2008 through 2012: Less than zero. Received refunds of $178 million. Total federal income tax breaks from 2008 through 2012: $4.2 billion.
Susan Salisbury | Palm Beach Post | May 24, 2013
Juno Beach-based NextEra Energy Inc. once again paid no federal income taxes in 2012. The company has done nothing illegal, but is using a tax loophole that allows it accelerated and bonus depreciation on infrastructure and equipment investments. It can write off the cost of infrastructure faster than it actually wears out.
Scott DiSavino | Reuters | June 23, 2023
The $6.6 billion Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Virginia is on track to get final permits by Saturday, moving the long-delayed project closer to re-starting construction... Mountain Valley is owned by units of Equitrans, NextEra Energy Inc (NEE.N), Consolidated Edison Inc (ED.N), AltaGas Ltd (ALA.TO) and RGC Resources Inc (RGCO.O).
Penina Crocker | The Trek | February 10, 2022
A crucial U.S Fish and Wildlife permit needed to complete construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) has been invalidated by the U.S Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, VA.
Avery G. Wilks | The Post and Courier | April 28, 2021
NextEra, the Florida-based power giant that has lobbied lawmakers for three years for a chance to take over Santee Cooper, sent a letter to the state this week pulling its multi-billion-dollar offer and asking for its $25 million deposit back.
Jim Saunders | CBS 12 News | March 3, 2020
Under SolarTogether, customers will be able to voluntarily pay more on their electric bills to finance the solar projects and receive credits that are expected to result in them getting a “payback” in about seven years. But opponents contended the program would have costs and financial risks for the vast majority of customers who would not participate.
CBS News | April 25, 2019
Justices sided with the Florida Public Service Commission, which in December 2017 approved a controversial FPL proposal stemming from a saltwater plume that moved from a power-plant complex into the Biscayne Aquifer. The commission said FPL could recoup money from customers through part of monthly bills that goes toward a variety of environmental expenses.
Molokai Dispatch | September 30, 2015
Molokai residents voiced largely opposition two weeks ago to a proposed merger between Hawaiian Electric and NextEra, a Florida-based energy company. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is gathering public feedback on the proposed $4.3 million merger and will make a decision within the next six months.
Ryan Yousefi | Broward Palm Beach New Times | April 10, 2015
FPL made $10 billion in revenue last year, and $1.3 billion of that was profit, but it still has to charge people extra to develop solar on the side?
Aisling Swift | Naples News | January 24, 2013
A Florida appeals court on Wednesday denied a second attempt by the Seminole Tribe of Florida to quash a 2011 Hendry County ordinance that would enable FPL to build a massive power plant on 3,127 acres of panther habitat near its reservation.