NextEra Energy Partners and Green Energy

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NextEra Energy

Eric Fornell, a financial executive with over 30 years of experience, works in New York for Wells Fargo as the vice chairman of investment banking and capital markets. Experienced in the energy sector, Eric Fornell has a history of championing the benefits of clean energy. He played an important advisory role in NextEra Energy Partners’ acquisition of NET Midstream.

NextEra Energy Partners is a clean energy company that is committed to producing energy in a clean and responsible way. It has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere for nine straight years. Based on its carbon emissions and green energy capacity, NextEra Energy is one of the top green utility companies in the United States and number four in the world.

NextEra Energy is headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida, and has annual revenues of over $17.5 billion. The company employs 14,300 people and has a presence in 27 states.

When NET Midstream was acquired by NextEra Energy in 2015, seven natural gas pipelines in Texas were added to the company’s resources. These pipelines have the capacity to carry 3 billion cubic feet of gas per day, with the potential for expansion. With existing nuclear, wind, and solar capabilities, this addition only strengthened the company’s commitment to provide energy to its customers in a responsible way.


The Academic Research Project at University Liggett School


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University Liggett School

Eric Fornell serves as vice chairman of investment banking and capital markets at Wells Fargo Securities. Actively involved in educational initiatives, Eric Fornell has previously served on the board of trustees for the University Liggett School in Gross Pointe, Michigan.

The University Liggett School is driven by a curriculum which allows students to become active participants in their academic growth. This idea comes to fruition through the upper school’s four-year academic research program. In 9th and 10th grades, students develop skills that enable them to become critical thinkers, ask provocative questions, and perform research using modern methods. Over the next two years, students learn to make complex research inquiries.

Towards the end of their upper school experience, students put the skills and practices they’ve learned to use through the academic research project, in which they pose a question based on their unique passions and interests. In finding answers to their questions, students often work with local universities, health systems, and other organizations. The academic research project culminates in the Celebration of Research, where students share their findings through presentations.