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NextEra Energy Resources agrees to sell hydro generating assets to a subsidiary of Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners, L.P.

Monday, Dec 24, 2012

JUNO BEACH, Fla., Dec. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, the competitive energy subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), today announced that one of its subsidiaries has entered into an agreement to sell all of its equity interests in White Pine Hydro Investments, LLC, which indirectly owns 351 megawatts (MW) of hydro generation related assets in Maine and New Hampshire through FPL Energy Maine Hydro, LLC (Maine Hydro).

The sale is based on an enterprise value of approximately $760 million, subject to typical closing adjustments and includes the existing $700 million of non-recourse project debt.

The Maine Hydro assets consist of a portfolio of hydroelectric generation plants and equity interests in eight storage reservoirs in Maine and New Hampshire. The hydro assets are located primarily on three major river systems, which are the Kennebec River system, the Androscoggin River system, and the Saco River system, with one project located on the Presumpscot River system.

"While this is an attractive portfolio in many respects, this transaction enables us to further optimize our power generation portfolio and concentrate our resources on areas with greater growth potential for our business," said Armando Pimentel, president and CEO of NextEra Energy Resources.

The transaction is expected to result in a gain upon execution, but it is not expected to have a material impact on NextEra Energy Resource's financial position or ongoing future financial results. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2013, pending receipt of the necessary regulatory approvals.

Chadbourne & Parke served as outside legal counsel for NextEra Energy Resources in this transaction.

About NextEra Energy Resources

NextEra Energy Resources, LLC (together with affiliated entities, "NextEra Energy Resources"), is a clean energy leader and is one of the largest competitive energy suppliers in North America, operating in 22 states and Canada as of year-end 2011. NextEra Energy Resources is the largest generator in the United States of renewable energy from the wind and sun, owning and operating approximately 8,569 megawatts of wind and 158 megawatts of solar power generation at the end of 2011.

The business operates clean, emissions-free nuclear power generation facilities in New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin as part of the NextEra Energy nuclear fleet, which has the third largest number of commercial nuclear power units in the United States. NextEra Energy Resources is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.

SOURCE NextEra Energy Resources, LLC

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