For decades, NextEra Energy has been reducing emissions through the development of renewable energy and modernization of its generation fleet. The company’s new goal is to reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rate 67% by 2025, from a 2005 baseline. This equates to a nearly 40% reduction in absolute CO2 emissions, despite the company’s total expected electricity production almost doubling over that time. NextEra Energy expects to periodically update its CO2 emissions goal as it continues to execute on its strategy of being a leading clean energy infrastructure company.*
In 2018, 98.2% of the power produced by our facilities was generated from a diverse mix of clean or renewable sources, including wind, solar, natural gas and nuclear. Along with NextEra Energy Resources being the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun, FPL's investments in affordable clean energy infrastructure, which includes adding advanced technologies and phasing out older coal-fired and oil-burning power plants, has saved customers nearly $10 billion in fossil fuel costs and prevented 133 million tons of CO2 emissions since 2001.
FPL has invested in advanced generation technology to modernize our older, outdated power plants to highly efficient natural gas facilities that produce more energy with less fuel and substantially lower emissions.
We are also greatly reducing our reliance on coal and oil -- in addition to shutting down two coal facilities within the past two years, we are planning to phase out an additional coal facility by 2020. FPL has also launched our groundbreaking '30-by-30' plan to install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030. FPL projects that solar will outpace coal and oil combined as a percentage of the company's energy mix by the year 2020.
Beyond our power generation, through innovation and support of new technologies, we are reducing emissions and encouraging customers to do the same.
Water is critical for traditional forms of power generation, which use water to drive electric steam generators as well as to cool certain power plant equipment. To ensure sustainable access to this natural resource, we're active stewards for sourcing, using and managing water in the communities in which we operate.
We're taking measures to reduce our water consumption, including investing in both water-free power generation from wind and solar and in more efficient generation at our facilities that use steam turbines.
As in other areas of our operations, we adopt best practices for water management to minimize our environmental footprint while optimizing operational and financial performance. Existing facilities are constantly challenged to be innovative and efficient. For example:
*Achievement of the CO2 emissions goals will be dependent on many factors, including, but not limited to, future technology development, governmental policy and mergers and acquisitions.
*Please note that the environmental attributes of NextEra Energy's electric generating facilities have been or likely will be sold or transferred to third parties, who are solely entitled to the reporting rights and ownership of the environmental attributes, such as renewable energy credits, emissions reductions, offsets, allowances and the avoided emission of greenhouse gas pollutants.