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Statement by FPL Group Chairman and CEO Lew Hay on passage of Waxman-Markey bill

JUNO BEACH, Fla. – Lew Hay, chairman and CEO of FPL Group, the nation’s No. 1 producer of renewable energy from wind and solar power, issued the following statement today on passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009:

“This is a historic day for the United States. Our country is faced with a triple threat of challenges: an economy in recession, a warming planet, and an overdependence on foreign energy. The legislation passed by the House today will begin to address all three.

“America’s success depends on building a clean-energy economy for the 21st century. The American Clean Energy and Security Act will help create jobs, foster more domestic energy production from the wind and the sun, and address the climate threat head-on. While no legislation is perfect, this bill is a critical step in the right direction. 

“I appreciate the strong leadership shown by House Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer and Chairmen Waxman and Markey to accomplish what many said couldn’t be done – passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill this year. I look forward to similar success in the Senate and to President Obama’s signing the legislation into law.”

FPL Group: Energy Solutions for the Next Era  
FPL Group (NYSE: FPL) is a leading clean energy company with 2008 revenues of more than $16 billion, approximately 39,000 megawatts of generating capacity, and more than 15,000 employees in 27 states and Canada. Headquartered in Juno Beach, Fla., FPL Group’s principal subsidiaries are NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, the largest generator in North America of renewable energy from the wind and sun, and Florida Power & Light Company, which serves 4.5 million customer accounts in Florida and is one of the largest rate-regulated electric utilities in the country. Through its subsidiaries, FPL Group collectively operates the third largest U.S. nuclear power generation fleet. For more information about FPL Group companies, visit these Web

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