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Region 6 News Release: 12-939-DAL
May 31, 2012
Contact: Elizabeth Todd      Juan Rodriguez
Phone: 972-850-4710      972-850-4709
Email: todd.elizabeth@dol.gov      rodriguez.juan@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA recognizes Nextera Energy Horse
Hollow in Sweetwater, Texas, for excellence in workplace safety and health

SWEETWATER, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recognized employees and management of Nextera Energy Horse Hollow III LLC in Sweetwater for achieving three years of excellence in employee health and safety. The facility has been designated as a "star" site, the highest honor in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs.

"Nextera Energy's Horse Hollow has demonstrated excellence in effective safety and health management," said John M. Hermanson, OSHA's regional administrator in Dallas. "The company's outstanding effort at this site includes zero injuries and illnesses over the past three years."

Sheila Schulmeyer, the compliance assistance specialist at OSHA's Lubbock District Office, presented a plaque and flag at today's recognition ceremony.

Nextera Energy Horse Hollow, a wind power generation facility with generation capability up to 223.5 megawatts, is comprised of 149 General Electric 1.5 megawatt SLE wing turbine generators. Horse Hollow III commercial operations began generating power in 2006. The site, which is located in Nolan County, south of Sweetwater, covers approximately 18 square miles with an elevation of 2,400 feet. The company has its own generation lines to add the power to the grid.

The Voluntary Protection Programs recognize private and federal work sites with effective safety and health management systems that have maintained injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages. Management, labor and OSHA work cooperatively and proactivel