J.L. “Buck” Martinez bio

J.L. Martinez, Sr. Director Office of Clean Energy, Florida Power and Light

J.L. “Buck” Martinez oversees the Office of Clean Energy at FPL, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, where his responsibilities include identifying and originating clean energy opportunities in the state to promote visibility, commitment, and economic development.  Most recently, Mr. Martinez led the Company’s efforts in the development of three large solar projects and three large combined cycle natural gas facilities.

NextEra Energy is one of the nation’s leading electricity-related services companies.  Its subsidiaries include Florida Power & Light Company, Florida’s largest electric utility with nearly 4.6 million customer accounts, and NextEra Energy Resources, a fast-growing independent power producer with a presence in 26 states.

Mr. Martinez joined Florida Power & Light in 1981.  Prior to being named to his present position, he served as Senior Director of Project Development in the state. Before that he served as Director of Human Resource Services overseeing the corporate safety department, labor relations, and the corporate quality program.  He has also served the company in various management positions and special projects.

Mr. Martinez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Thomas University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Nova Southeast.  In addition, he is a graduate of the Boston University Leadership Program., and the Harvard Program on Negotiation. Most recently, Mr. Martinez was elected to the St. Thomas University Hall of Fame.

Mr. Martinez serves as the Chairman of the Florida Solar Energy Center and also serves on other Advisory Boards throughout the State, most notably The Florida Energy Systems Consortium, The Florida Research Consortium (FRC), and The St. Thomas University  President’s  Advisory  Board. He has also worked closely with the Department of Energy on renewable energy initiatives and is active in speaking engagements throughout the country.

Mr. Martinez is also on the West Palm Board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and  recently founded  Student Aces(ACE), a not for profit organization dedicated to the development of leadership for high school students.

He and his wife Silvia, their three children and four grandchildren, live in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.