Air and Water

We're one of the cleanest energy companies in America, a feat we've achieved by being active stewards for natural resources like air and water.

Toward Cleaner Air

For decades, NextEra Energy has been reducing emissions through the development of renewable energy and modernizing our generation fleet. Since 2001, we have reduced our CO2 emissions rate by 52 percent. We plan to continue our commitment to reducing our CO2 emissions rate with a target of more than 65 percent by 2021.*


Reducing emissions with a cleaner fleet

In 2017, 97.3 percent of the power produced by our facilities was generated from a diverse mix of clean or renewable sources, including wind, solar, combined-cycle natural gas and nuclear. Along with NextEra Energy Resources being the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun, FPL's investments in affordable clean energy infrastructure, which includes adding advanced technologies and phasing out older coal-fired and oil-burning power plants, has saved customers nearly $9.3 billion in fossil fuel costs and prevented 120 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions since 2001.

FPL has invested in advanced generation technology to modernize our older, outdated power plants to highly efficient natural gas facilities that produce more energy with less fuel and substantially lower emissions.

We are also greatly reducing our reliance on coal and oil -- in addition to shutting down two coal facilities within the past two years, we are planning to phase out an additional coal facility by 2020. FPL projects that solar will outpace coal and oil combined as a percentage of the company's energy mix by the year 2020.

Beyond our power generation, through innovation and support of new technologies, we are reducing emissions and encouraging customers to do the same.

 

Conserving and Managing Water

Water is critical for traditional forms of power generation, which use water to create steam to drive electric generators as well as to cool certain power plant operations. To ensure sustainable access to this natural resource, we're active stewards for sourcing, using and managing water in the communities in which we operate.

We're taking measures to reduce our water consumption, including investing in both water-free power generation from wind and solar and in more efficient generation in our facilities that use steam turbines.

Point Beach

Conserving Water

Just as water plays a critical role in the generation of reliable, affordable power, we understand the vital need to conserve and protect our water resources. We embed water conservation management strategies into our business planning and operational practices to lower costs and mitigate risks posed by water availability. We reduce consumption through efficiency, technology and operational improvements, including:

  • Investing in water-free power generation: We've made a conscious decision to invest in wind and solar generation, which together comprise more than a third of our company's generating capacity. Neither technology uses water for power generation.
  • Using sustainable water sources: Nearly 81 percent of the water we withdrew in 2017 came from seawater sources, which are non-potable and drought proof. We also use reclaimed water for cooling purposes when feasible, for example at our West County Energy Center in Florida. Doing so offsets the demand for higher-quality water and reduces water supply risk.

In addition, we have increased efficiencies at our facilities that use steam turbines to generate power. Importantly, the majority -- nearly 99 percent -- of water withdrawn for use at our thermoelectric plants is withdrawn via a once-through cooling system and then returned to its original source. The remainder of the water withdrawn is reused or consumed through evaporation or deep well injection.

Managing Water

As in other areas of our operations, we adopt best practices for water management to minimize our environmental footprint while optimizing operational and financial performance. Existing facilities are constantly challenged to be innovative and to fine-tune their operations. For example:

  • Facilities monitor water quality parameters to ensure proper quality for plant use, as well as adherence to discharge permitting requirements, which protect receiving water bodies. Water quality changes can also help identify potential issues in the system such as leaking pipes or valves.
  •  We use Six Sigma and quality improvement processes to identify opportunities to reduce water use and for cost savings at our facilities, which can ultimately save our customers money.
  • Modernizations completed at three of our power plants in Florida increased the efficiency with which we use water. The modernized plants have greater generation capacity when compared to the previous plants, without using additional water for that capacity.

*Achievement of the CO2 emissions rate goal will be dependent on many factors including, but not limited to, future technology development, governmental policy and mergers and acquisitions.

*Please note that the environmental attributes of NextEra Energy's electric generating facilities have been or likely will be sold or transferred to third parties, who are solely entitled to the reporting rights and ownership of the environmental attributes, such as renewable energy credits, emissions reductions, offsets, allowances and the avoided emission of greenhouse gas pollutants.