Economic Development

We believe a strong economy is good for everyone, and we are doing our part to encourage investment, job creation and sustainable development.


Billions Invested in Clean Energy Development

In 2017, NextEra Energy continued to build on its position as the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun, and today continues to execute a power plant modernization program that means substantially lower air emissions rates and a huge reduction in its dependence on foreign oil. This multibillion-dollar investment program has created construction jobs across numerous states and enough new affordable, reliable and clean energy to power millions of homes and businesses.

The investment program embraces our core belief of strength through differences, and supports a diverse business community of qualified small-, women- and minority-owned businesses. From October 2016 through September 2017, FPL alone entered into contracts exceeding spent more than $496 million with small and diverse suppliers. Moreover, on certain major construction projects, we encourage prime suppliers to exercise reasonable efforts to seek and use local labor and other resources, whenever possible and cost effective.

NextEra Energy Solar Farm

EarthEra Renewable Energy Trust

The EarthEra Renewable Energy Trust is the cornerstone of the innovative EarthEra program. The Trust acts as a lockbox for revenue from all EarthEra product sales. Overseen by an independent trustee, the Trust uses 100 percent of the funds it receives to build new renewable energy facilities for the ultimate in "Additionality" assurance.

  • The goal of our EarthEra program and its associated products is to accelerate the addition of clean renewable sources to America's energy future.
  • EarthEra's innovative Trust structure allows for a transparent and effective flow of funds to new renewable energy projects.
  • No other product or program in the market can guarantee a 100-percent connection to the construction of new renewable energy facilities.

Partnerships with State and Local Economic Development Organizations 

FPL has consistently supported the vision that if Florida's economy grows, everyone wins. Recent data shows Florida's economy is growing once again, and FPL is doing its part to energize economic opportunity across its service territory. That's why in 2013, FPL created its Office of Economic Development.

FPL's Office of Economic Development is a one-stop resource for new and expanding businesses considering expansion in Florida. And in addition to FPL's low electric rates, FPL offers two economic development incentives to growing business through its Economic Development Rider and Commercial Industrial Rider. Through 2017, 82 companies have qualified for the discounted rate and they are expected to add 13,904 jobs in Florida.

Learn more about how FPL's economic development team helps bring jobs and investment to Florida at

Powering Florida Resource Center

The Powering Florida Resource Center provides site selection experts with direct access to information about the state's workforce, real estate, utility rates and potential discounts and incentives. In addition, it also provides local economic development organizations in Florida with tailored data about their communities to help them better market their strengths and target potential businesses. FPL's Office of Economic team works hand-in-hand with state and local organizations to keep Florida as one of the top states for growing businesses.


Support for Local Needs Through Our Tax Payments

Nationwide, NextEra Energy paid $622 million in property taxes in 2017. In Florida, we were one of the top taxpayers, paying more than $1 billion in various state and local taxes and business-related fees, including property taxes, use taxes, gross receipts taxes and franchise fees.

In property taxes alone, FPL paid more than $475 million to Florida governments in 2017, up from $447 million in 2016. Property taxes are administered at the county level with all funds going directly into the communities the company serves. A breakdown of approximate 2017 tax payments is as follows:

  • 49 percent, or $233 million, went to local governments in the form of support for county fire, police and other government services;
  • 38 percent, or $180 million, went directly to schools;
  • 11 percent, or $52 million, went to city governments; and
  • 2 percent, or $9.5 million, went to other organizations such as water management districts.