Governor Dave Heineman joins Nebraska Public Power District, BD and NextEra Energy Resources to celebrate the commercial operat

 Governor Dave Heineman joins Nebraska Public Power District, BD and NextEra
  Energy Resources to celebrate the commercial operation of the Steele Flats
                              Wind Energy Center

PR Newswire

DILLER, Neb., June 19, 2014

DILLER, Neb., June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, a
subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) today announced the official
dedication of the Steele Flats Wind Energy Center, located in Jefferson and
Gage counties, Nebraska. Approximately 100 local residents, community leaders,
and state officials gathered today at the new wind facility, which is capable
of generating 74.8 megawatts (MW) of wind power, enough electricity to meet
the energy needs of 19,000 Nebraska homes.

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"I'm excited that NextEra Energy has built a wind farm in Nebraska," said
Governor Dave Heineman. "Projects such as Steele Flats are helping make
America more energy independent and more energy secure by relying on energy
grown and produced here at home, rather than overseas. Wind energy helps our
local and state economy and is an important step toward our own energy
future."

All of the power generated by the Steele Flats Wind Energy Center is being
provided to Nebraska Public Power District under a long-term contract. BD is
purchasing a portion of the renewable energy credits generated from the Steele
Flats Wind Energy Center for the next 20 years to offset 75 percent of the
electricity use at its manufacturing facilities in Columbus and Holdrege, Neb.

"Steele Flats is our first facility in Nebraska," said John Ketchum, senior
vice president of Business Management and Finance at NextEra Energy Resources.
"This wind energy center not only contributes to Nebraska's renewable energy
supply but also helps to power Jefferson and Gage counties' local economies.
Reaching this important project milestone would not have been possible without
the cooperation and hard work of all our project partners."

The Steele Flats Wind Energy Center is located on approximately 10,500 acres
of privately owned agricultural and ranch land. The wind facility is comprised
of 44 General Electric turbines that each has the capacity to generate 1.7 MW
of energy. The facility entered service in November 2013, two months ahead of
schedule. The project represents a $138 million capital investment and is
expected to contribute millions in property taxes and land lease payments over
the first 20 years of the plant's life. The project is owned and operated by
an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources.

"This relationship between Nebraska Public Power District, BD and NextEra
Energy has added another generation resource to our energy portfolio, and at
the same time we have been able to assist BD, a company with deep Nebraska
roots, in meeting their global initiatives," said NPPD President and Chief
Executive Officer Pat Pope.

"We are very pleased that our collaboration with NPPD is benefiting the
community and the environment," said Steve Sichak, senior vice president,
Integrated Supply Chain at BD. "The resulting renewable energy is not only
sustainable, it also enhances our operational efficiency."

Since breaking ground in July 2013, the project employed approximately 200
construction workers and now supports five full-time jobs. In addition, many
local Nebraska businesses contributed to the project through services ranging
from materials, equipment, utilities, labor, housing, and food and beverage.

NextEra Energy Resources
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC (together with its affiliated entities, "NextEra
Energy Resources"), is a clean energy leader and is one of the largest
wholesale generators of electric power in the U.S., with approximately 18,300
megawatts of generating capacity primarily in 24 states and Canada as of
year-end 2013. NextEra Energy Resources, together with its affiliated
entities, is the largest generator in North America of renewable energy from
the wind and sun. The business operates clean, emissions-free nuclear power
generation facilities in New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin as part of the
NextEra Energy nuclear fleet, which is one of the largest in the United
States. NextEra Energy Resources, LLC is a subsidiary of Juno Beach,
Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit
www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.

Nebraska Public Power District
Always there when you need us, NPPD's mission is to safely generate and
deliver reliable, low-cost sustainable energy and provide outstanding customer
service. Working in partnership with the state's rural public power districts,
cooperatives and municipalities, NPPD helps serve an estimated 600,000
Nebraskans in 86 of the state's 93 counties with retail or wholesale electric
power and energy-related products and services. For more information, visit
www.nppd.com.

BD
BD is a leading medical technology company that partners with customers and
stakeholders to address many of the world's most pressing and evolving health
needs. Our innovative solutions are focused on improving drug delivery,
enhancing the diagnosis of infectious diseases and cancers, supporting the
management of diabetes and advancing cellular research. We are nearly 30,000
associates in 50 countries who strive to fulfill our purpose of "Helping all
people live healthy lives" by advancing the quality, accessibility, safety and
affordability of healthcare around the world. For more information, please
visit www.bd.com.

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Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, Media Line: (561) 694-4442
 
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