Hawaiian firms endorse merger with Florida’s NextEra Energy

To enhance the State of Hawaii’s electric infrastructure, five native Hawaiian groups have officially lent approval to a proposed merger of NextEra Energy with Hawaiian Electric Industries, NextEra recently announced from its Juno Beach, Florida base.

The Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association, Imua Hawaii, Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly and King Kamehameha Hawaiian Civic Club all expressed confidence in the plan.

"We are extremely pleased that these prominent organizations representing the Hawaiian community have concluded that our merger is in the best interest of Hawaii," Eric Gleason, president of NextEra Energy, Hawaii, said. "We very much appreciate the endorsement these groups have announced today and reaffirm our commitment to helping accelerate Hawaii's 100 percent renewable energy future."

NextEra will bring its renewable energy expertise to the table along with financial strength to lend impetus to growth of the island’s grid, helping it reach long-term sustainability goals.

"The missions of these organizations reflect the deep cultural values of our islands and their support is a significant endorsement," Alan Oshima, Hawaiian Electric’s president and CEO, said. "Partnering with NextEra Energy, we're committed to living up to those values for Hawaii."

NextEra Energy's main subsidiaries are Florida Power & Light Co. and NextEra Energy Resources LLC. As one of the nation’s largest rate-regulated electric utilities, Florida Power & Light Co. serves over 4.8 million Florida customers.

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