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Author: Helena Hernandez

Helena Hernandez
Helena Hernandez is the vice president of Central Maintenance for NextEra Energy’s Power Generation Division. She is accountable for the planning and execution of the non-nuclear fleets’ scheduled outages and projects; including support of the Wind, Fossil and Solar fleets in Florida Power & Light Company and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC – subsidiaries of NextEra Energy, Inc.

FPL “EmPowering” girls

At FPL, we’re working together with the communities we serve to help make Florida an even better place to work and raise a family. And, we’re also committed to supporting education programs that spark student creativity, interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. I’m excited to say that we are partnering with Indian River State College to generate excitement in middle and high school young women about the energy industry and our company through the EmPower Girls program. Over the next three weeks, young women from local communities will experience labs, hands-on activities and discussions...

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Student Receives $20,000 College Scholarship

Luis F. Andreu of West Broward High School in Pembroke Pines is the recipient of FPL’s 2018 robotics college scholarship. As the winner, Luis will receive $5,000 annually up to $20,000 to assist him through college. The 17-year old member of the BOTCATS team will be attending The Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta to pursue a career in mechanical engineering. FPL has a longstanding commitment to ensure students have access to effective robotics programs to drive student engagement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curricula. In many cases, these programs also help break down barriers and provide...

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FPL has a storm plan – do you?

It’s hard to believe, but the 2018 hurricane season is here. The six-month season runs from June 1 to November 30. Having dealt with more than 120 hurricane landfalls since the mid-19th century, Florida is no rookie to the fury Mother Nature can bring. Neither is FPL because we have a storm plan heading into every season. Our rigid plan calls for constant training on our storm response, implementing lessons learned from each storm and continuing to build a more storm resilient energy grid. They say practice makes perfect, which is why our annual weeklong storm drill is included...

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Ask the Expert: Operating your generator

Do I need a special plug to hook up a generator after a storm? If so, where would I get one? Asked by: Angela P., Port Charlotte Have your own question?   Ask The Expert  › Thanks for your question, Angela. Fortunately for FPL customers, rarely do you have to use a generator. The company has invested more than $3 billion to build a stronger, smarter energy grid since the 2004-2005 hurricane seasons, which has markedly improved day-to-day reliability across our 35-county service territory. Reliability has actually improved by more than 30 percent in the last seven years alone. With that being...

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Ask the Expert: Benefits of smart lighting

What are the benefits of smart light bulbs compared to LED bulbs? Asked by: Patrick  J., Sunrise, FL Have your own question?   Ask The Expert  › Great question Patrick, but first let’s explain what a smart bulb is and how they work. When we talk about a smart light bulb, we’re referring to an internet-capable LED light bulb that allows lighting to be customized, scheduled and controlled remotely using a smart phone, tablet, or smart home automation system via an app. The app enables you to change the brightness of the bulbs, and if the bulbs have colored LEDs you can change their...

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