Frequently Asked Questions


Wind


Wind Energy
What do wind turbines look like?
Why do some wind turbines spin, while others next to them do not?
How reliable is wind energy?
What happens when the wind doesn't blow?
Are there wind seasons?
Do wind turbines operate in extreme temperatures / weather conditions?
How often do turbines require maintenance?
What does the computer system inside a wind turbine do?
Is wind energy just the latest energy fad?

Safety
How safe are wind turbines?
What effect does lightning have on turbine operations?
Are wind turbines noisy?

Economics
How does the cost of wind energy compare to other energy sources?
What is the Wind Production Tax Credit?
What is the impact of new wind plants on the price of electricity to consumers?

Community
What involvement does the community have in a wind energy project?

Landowners
How much land does a wind farm require?
How much income can a wind turbine generate for a landowner?
What does an easement cover?
What impact does a wind farm have on surrounding land?
Is construction planned around harvest / planting seasons?
Is there construction traffic?
How close can you farm to wind turbines?
What is the shadowing effect?
What happens when wind turbines are removed?

Environment
Is an environmental review performed?
Will the plant cause any pollution?

Permitting process
What's involved in the permitting process?
Who is involved in the permitting process?
Is a power purchase agreement required before construction begins?
How long does the entire development process take, i.e., from submitting permits to producing electricity?

Utilities
What effect do wind turbines have on the transmission grid?
How difficult is it to integrate wind turbines with utilities?

Solar

What is solar energy used for?
What are some advantages of solar energy?
Why can't solar energy be used to supply all our energy needs?
How many solar energy plants are used to generate electricity in the U.S. and where are they located?
What solar facilities does NextEra Energy Resources operate?
What percentage of generation does solar energy represent in NextEra Energy Resources' portfolio?

Natural Gas

What is natural gas?
How is natural gas found?
Why is natural gas considered one of the cleanest-burning fuels?
How many natural gas plants does NextEra Energy Energy Resources operate?

Nuclear

What is nuclear energy?
How does a nuclear power plant work?
How safe are nuclear power plants?
What security measures are in place to protect nuclear power plants?
How many nuclear plants are operating in the world? In the United States?
What portion of NextEra Energy Resources' portfolio does nuclear energy generation represent?
How many nuclear power plants does NextEra Energy Resources operate?