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NextEra Energy Foundation donates $300,000 for Hurricane Michael disaster relief in affected Florida communities
NextEra Energy also will match donations by employees of Florida Power & Light Company and other NextEra Energy companies to provide assistance
JUNO BEACH, Fla., Oct. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The NextEra Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and its parent, NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), today announced it is donating $200,000 to the American Red Cross to support fellow Floridians affected by Hurricane Michael.
The company also is donating $100,000 to Gulf Power Transformers, a 501c3 public charity, and matching up to $50,000 of individual contributions by employees of FPL and NextEra Energy subsidiaries to provide assistance to employees of Gulf Power who were impacted by the destructive storm.
"Hurricane Michael was one of the strongest hurricanes to ever impact Florida, leaving our fellow Floridians in the Panhandle grappling with catastrophic devastation," said Jim Robo, NextEra Energy chairman and CEO. "We are deeply saddened by the widespread destruction this storm caused and, as a Florida-based company, we know all too well the challenges resulting from a storm of this magnitude. FPL was honored to join several of the nation's other energy providers to help get the lights back on for those affected by this horrific event.
"I'm very proud of the nearly 1,000 FPL employees and contractors who are working tirelessly to restore electric service in the Panhandle," said Robo. "As energy company employees and Floridians, we understand that getting power restored safely and as quickly as possible are among the first steps in helping our communities begin to rebuild."
Hurricane Michael made landfall as a strong Category 4 hurricane and interrupted service to millions of people in the Southeastern U.S. After restoring power to nearly 70,000 of its own customers in Florida, nearly 1,000 FPL employees and contractors are now working around the clock in the Florida Panhandle to help restore power to those affected by the storm.
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