Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, electricity giant NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at NextEra and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

NextEra facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Juno Beach, Fla. (1984)

Market Cap

$22.4 billion

Industry

Electric utilities

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$15.3 billion

Management

CEO Lewis Hay III (since 2001)

CFO Armando Pimentel Jr. (since 2008)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

14.3%

Cash/Debt

$845.0 million / $20.3 billion

Dividend Yield

3.7%

Competitors

Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN)

Southern (NYSE: SO)

TECO Energy (NYSE: TE)

Exelon (NYSE: EXC)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,115 members who have rated NextEra believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include kenjotto and JollyViking.

Late last month, kenjotto tapped NextEra as a rather multifunctional selection: "Stability of a utility plus the growth path of a green energy provider. And a nice yield to help us wait!"

In fact, FPL Group recently changed its name to NextEra specifically to reflect its national operations and the massive expansion of its tax-friendly clean energy projects. Although the company's historical returns on equity aren't quite as high as fellow renewable-heavy Exelon, they're right up there with powerhouse Southern's and easily best those of TECO and Progress. NextEra currently sports the lowest dividend yield of the bunch, but with its attractive green-fueled growth prospects, CAPS member JollyViking loves the stock's above-average total return potential :

FPL is the most interesting, forward-thinking, long-term growth investment in a traditional, stuffy, conservative, value-oriented segment, Utilities. In an industry hopelessly embracing the dead-end hydrocarbon addiction that will eventually strangle the U.S. economy, FPL is eagerly embracing technologies that will eventually significantly reduce acquisition and production costs. Plus, like all other Utilities companies, it pays a very nice dividend (yum).

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Exelon is a Motley Fool Inside Value recommendation. Southern is a Motley Fool Income Investor selection. The Fool owns shares of and has written covered calls on NextEra Energy. The Fool owns shares of Exelon. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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