Women Corporate Directors recognise NextEra Energy as innovation champion


US utility NextEra Energy has been recognised by the Women Corporate Directors Foundation for implementing innovative technologies and business ideas to optimise its operations.

The Women Corporate Directors Foundation is a global membership organisation of women corporate directors.

NextEra Energy has been recognised with the Foundation’s Visionary Award for Innovation.

Jim Robo, CEO of NextEra Energy, said: “Being innovative and having a strong commitment to continuous improvement is at the heart of who we are as a company. From state-of-the-art renewable energy solutions and leading-edge battery storage systems to smart grid technology, we’re making significant investments in innovative, advanced technologies to do what’s right on behalf of our customers, our stakeholders and our shareholders..”

Susan C. Keating, CEO of Women Corporate Directors, added: “We applaud NextEra Energy not only for its steadfast focus to identify and implement innovative, industry-leading solutions to improve reliability and lower costs for customers, but also for its commitment to embrace diversity at all levels within the organisation and promote high standards in corporate governance.”

The news follows innovative measures implemented by NextEra Energy and its subsidiary Florida Power & Light, being recognised by Fortune amongst 2018’s world’s most innovative.

The utility says it received the innovation awards owing to it’s efforts:

  • The world’s largest renewable energy generator using wind and sun. The company’s first investment in renewable energy was made nearly 30 years ago.
  • Harnessing the power of battery storage
  • Building a stronger, smarter energy grid – Since 2006, FPL has invested more than $3 billion to build a stronger, smarter energy grid customers. FPL has installed more than five million smart meters and more than 90,000 other intelligent devices to monitor and manage the electric system, detect and prevent power issues, and get life back to normal faster when outages do occur.
  • Getting a unique perspective – FPL’s fleet of drones helps the team inspect the day-to-day health of the energy grid, as well as speed restoration efforts following severe weather and hurricanes.
  • Focusing on future technology – NextEra Energy is experimenting with augmented reality and how it could help provide employees with important information about equipment in real-time.