Florida Power & Light Wins Prestigious EPA Award

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On April 2, Flori­da Pow­er & Light Com­pa­ny (FPL) accept­ed the U.S. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency’s Clean Air Excel­lence Award for 2014, which hon­ors inno­v­a­tive pro­grams that ben­e­fit com­mu­ni­ties, the envi­ron­ment, and the econ­o­my. NAFA Pres­i­dent and FPL Fleet Ser­vices Man­ag­er Claude Mas­ters, CAFM, and In-Home Tech­nolo­gies and Elec­tric Vehi­cles Direc­tor Bri­an Han­ra­han accept­ed the award on FPL’s behalf dur­ing the cer­e­monies held in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

The EPA rec­og­nized FPL’s deploy­ment of fuel-effi­cient vehi­cle tech­nol­o­gy; an impor­tant part of the utility’s over­all efforts to pro­vide elec­tric ser­vice to its 4.7 mil­lion cus­tomers through­out Flori­da.

The event took place pri­or to Mas­ters’ announce­ment of NAFA’s Sus­tain­able Fleet Stan­dard Pro­gram, a bold new NAFA ini­tia­tive devel­oped in con­junc­tion with CALSTART, on the open­ing day of the 2014 I&E in Min­neapo­lis, MN, on April 8. The serendip­i­tous tim­ing was not lost on NAFA’s Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer Phillip Rus­so, CAE. “It absolute­ly proves that NAFA is mov­ing in the right direc­tion. The Sus­tain­able Fleet Stan­dard Pro­gram real­ly comes from Claude’s vision and the vision of oth­er fleet pro­fes­sion­als who not only see sus­tain­abil­i­ty as viable, but essen­tial. That the two (events) should fall so close­ly togeth­er just speaks to recog­ni­tion of a real­i­ty that is in front of the busi­ness world, and a posi­tion NAFA wants to be at the van­guard of.”

FPL oper­ates one of the largest sus­tain­ably respon­si­ble fleets in the nation with approx­i­mate­ly 1,750 biodiesel-pow­ered vehi­cles and 550 elec­tric and hybrid elec­tric vehi­cles. In 2013 alone, FPL’s clean-vehi­cle fleet saved 682,000 gal­lons of petro­le­um fuel and pre­vent­ed more than 6,800 tons of car­bon diox­ide emis­sions.

“Doing the right thing is its own reward,” said Mas­ters of the hon­or, “but when it does occur, it crys­tal­lizes every­thing that you have done up to that point and proves its val­ue. The EPA’s recog­ni­tion of Flori­da Pow­er & Light’s efforts proves that NAFA’s Sus­tain­able Fleet Stan­dard is an idea whose time has come.”

The company’s typ­i­cal 1,000-kwh res­i­den­tial cus­tomer bill has been the low­est among Florida’s fifty-five elec­tric util­i­ties and approx­i­mate­ly twen­ty-five per­cent below the nation­al aver­age for the past five years straight. At the same time, the company’s pow­er plant sys­tem con­tin­ues to be one of the clean­est emis­sions pro­files among util­i­ties nation­wide.

NAFA’s Sus­tain­able Fleet Stan­dard Pro­gram is now in beta-phase. More infor­ma­tion is avail­able on the pro­gram-ded­i­cat­ed web­page: www.NAFASustainable.org.

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