NextEra Energy Resources LLC, celebrates the commissioning of its 10,000th MW of wind energy. NextEra Energy Resources achieved this significant milestone when it commissioned its 10,000th MW at its 400MW Limon Wind Project in Colorado. All together, NextEra Energy Resources' North American wind energy fleet is capable of generating enough electricity to power a city the size of Chicago, IL.
"In addition to the environmental benefits of emission-free wind energy, our wind energy centers have helped revitalize rural communities across the United States and Canada through the creation of jobs, lease payments to landowners, property tax payments, and the ongoing purchase of goods and services," says Armando Pimentel, President and CEO, NextEra Energy Resources. "While achieving 10,000MW is a significant numerical milestone, it also reflects the hard work and dedication of our employees and customers who share our belief in the importance of clean energy."
By the end of 2012, NextEra Energy Resources, through its subsidiaries, expects to have more than 10,000MW of wind in operation, with wind projects in 19 states and four Canadian provinces, representing a total capital investment of more than $16 billion.
"This milestone shows the power and potential of wind energy for economic and national security. Wind-energy production supports 75,000 jobs nationwide and drives $15 billion in private investment in a clean, renewable, and domestic energy source," says U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, author of the wind-energy production tax credit. "Continued support for wind-energy production is good for the environment, American workers, and energy development here at home."