MIAMI (CBS4) – Nextera Energy, parent company of Florida Power and Light, is getting ready to eliminate one thousand positions, CBS4 News partner The Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

The utility provider will eliminate roughly six percent of its workforce over the next two years in an effort to “improve efficiency and enhance the use of technology,” FPL told the paper.

In total, 160 employees will be laid off. An additional 840 cuts will come from open positions, early retirement and normal attrition, FPL President Eric Silagy told the Herald.

“It allows us to be more efficient and reinvest in the company without having to go to the [Public Service] Commission and say we can’t do this or end up looking at a rate change,” Silagy said. “My goal is to make sure we are doing everything we can to maintain those low bills and the high reliability without sacrificing anything related to safety or security.”

It is not know at this point how many of the total job losses will fall on Florida workers. The cuts are expected to take place over the next 26 months.

Juno Beach-based FPL employs 10,000 people in Florida and operates in 35 counties in the state. Nextera Energy Resources, also based in Juno Beach, has 1,000 employees in Florida and operates in 26 states, as well as in Canada and Spain.


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