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Prior to Hurricane Sally making landfall earlier this morning, the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) coordinated with public power...

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The Florida Lineman Competition attracts dozens of utility lineworkers from the Southeastern US, who compete annually to determine the fastest, most...

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FMEA’s Associate Member of the month for September is Southern Switch & Contacts Since 1982, Southern Switch & Contacts has been...

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Please always remember the companies who support FMEA and the Florida Public Power community first when you need to purchase goods or services! EN...

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FMEA’s Electric Bill Comparison for July 2020 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $13.50 less than the...

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The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) has assembled public power crews from across the state to aid with power restoration efforts in...

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About FMEA is hosting a week-long event delivering cutting edge information to members about improving their daily operations. The virtual...

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In advance of Florida Lineworker Appreciation Day on August 26, the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) and Florida Municipal Power Agency...

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Public power utilities on August 4 made steady progress in restoring power in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias, which made landfall as a...

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FMEA’s Associate Member of the month for August is Purvis Gray Purvis Gray was founded in Gainesville in 1946 by Roy Purvis and Howard Gray,...

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Please always remember the companies who support FMEA and the Florida Public Power community first when you need to purchase goods or...

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FMEA’s Electric Bill Comparison for June 2020 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $15.48 less than the...

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The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA), recognized members of the public power community with three awards: Member of the Year, Associate...

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Today, during its virtual board meeting, the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) elected new officers to preside over the...

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FMEA’s Associate Member of the month for July is Spiegel & McDiarmid Spiegel & McDiarmid currently serves more than 500 clients...

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Please always remember the companies who support FMEA and the Florida Public Power community first when you need to purchase goods or...

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Six Florida cities receiving clean energy from the first two of five solar farms Two Central Florida solar farms that are part of one of the largest...

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Today in a special meeting, the JEA Board of Directors unanimously approved a transaction leading to the closure of Plant Scherer, Unit 4, and...

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FMEA’s Electric Bill Comparison for May 2020 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $14.78 less than the average...

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JEA employees work around the clock to keep your lights on and water flowing. Now one group, NE Florida United, is stepping up to ensure customers...

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Maintaining high system reliability, being open and honest about company operations and policies and responding promptly to customer needs helped...

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Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) and Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) today announced Florida public power leaders who were...

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FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the month for June is on Irby. In the earliest days of the electrical age, a young company set out with...

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Please always remember the companies who support FMEA and the Florida Public Power community first when you need to purchase goods or...

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FMEA’s Electric Bill Comparison for April 2020 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $21.19 less than the...

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Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (FPUA) has established the Project Care COVID-19 Relief Fund with a sponsorship in the amount of $100,000, to assist...

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Lakeland Electric is offering a special payment plan for all customers following the lifting of Governor Ron DeSantis’ Safer at Home order....

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Former CEO and Managing Director to guide utility as board undertakes national search Yesterday, the JEA Board of Directors appointed former CEO and...

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FMEA’s Electric Bill Comparison for March 2020 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $18.65 less than the...

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Please always remember the companies who support FMEA and the Florida Public Power community first when you need to purchase goods or services! RAW...

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FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the month for May is on Geosyntec Consultants Geosyntec is a consulting and engineering firm that works...

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In a highly anticipated press conference Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis presented Phase One of his Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for...

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In a recent Q&A with the American Public Power Association’s Public Power Daily, Amy Zubaly, Executive Director of the Florida...

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By Jim SaundersIn what one regulator called a “no-brainer,” customers of four major utilities will get a break on upcoming electric...

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In a continuing effort to provide financial relief during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Newberry City Commission approved a reduction to the power cost...

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Seven Kissimmee residents have submitted applications to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors. The...

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Five Florida public power utilities have earned a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® designation from the American Public Power Association...

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The City of Leesburg Electric has donated a bucket truck to the LSSC Foundation for LSSC's Energy Programs, increasing real-world training...

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About $60 Million in Savings for 3.5 Million Floridians Over Next Several Months Twenty-one public power utilities in Florida have announced plans...

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Commission Approves Electric Rate Reduction for May, Moves to Delay New Fire Services Fee With economic constraints tightening in many Tallahassee...

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By Paul Ciampoli The list of public power utilities in Florida that are reducing customers’ electric bills in response to the COVID-19...

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By Paul Ciampoli Several public power utilities are sequestering mission-essential workers at key facilities like control rooms and power plants...

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FMEA is assisting Florida’s public power communities during these difficult times by providing our member utilities with opportunities to stay...

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By Paul Ciampoli, News Director, APPA The City of Lakeland Utility Committee on April 7 unanimously approved an advisory vote on public power...

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May Bills to Drop, Assistance Programs Offered for Those Most in Need OUC’s Board of Commissioners approved far-reaching recommendations to...

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In a focused effort to assist the physical and financial needs of our community, the Winter Park City Commission and Community Redevelopment Agency...

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At a first of its kind virtual Utility Board meeting the Board recently approved implementing temporary rate relief for all Keys Energy Services...

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Along with suspending utility disconnections until April 30, 2020, City of Green Cove Springs recently added two new measures to support its utility...

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In an effort to provide financial relief during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Kissimmee Utility Authority today announced it will...

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Seven Florida municipal electric utilities recently approved measures to temporarily lower electricity prices to provide financial relief for...

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May Bills to Drop, Assistance Programs Offered for Those Most in Need OUC’s Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote next week on...

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The City of Lakeland’s Utility Committee unanimously approved an advisory vote today on Lakeland Electric’s plan for replacement power...

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The Lakeland City Commission voted yesterday to lower the electric fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers for May and June. After giving a...

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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Nixon Peabody (www.nixonpeabody.com) FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the month for April 2020 is...

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FMEA would like to welcome our newest Associate Member: Utilities One Inc. Please always remember the companies who support FMEA and the Florida...

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Kissimmee Utility Authority continues to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 (coronavirus) across its Osceola County service area. The utility is...

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Program Provides Immediate Relief with Deferment Option One day after City Commissioners participated in an intergovernmental agency board decision...

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At OUC—The Reliable One, our highest priority is ensuring safe, reliable delivery of essential electric and water services for our customers...

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With more people remaining at home for extended periods of time because of the coronavirus outbreak, households may see an unexpected increase in...

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FMEA, in coordination with state and federal industry and government partners, continues to monitor the evolving situation surrounding the...

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This past weekend marked a time of honor and celebration for Florida public power communities and for lineworkers from across the Sunshine State at...

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In an abundance of caution, FMEA events through April 2020 have been canceled to protect the health of FMEA members and our communities. Please...

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Statement By: Amy Zubaly, Executive Director, Florida Municipal Electric Association Regarding Passage of Lineworker Specialty License Plate...

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The Florida Municipal Electric Association is closely monitoring the evolving situation regarding COVID-19. We are committed to the health and...

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In an abundance of caution, the City of Tallahassee, FL - Government and Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) have made the decision to...

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The Kissimmee Utility Authority this week enrolled its 4,000th customer in the utility’s Kissimmee Round-Up program. Launched by the utility...

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Electric lineworkers from across the state will compete in the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) 20th annual Florida Lineman Competition...

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In a recent Q&A with the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA), Dwayne “Goose” Goostree, T&D Operations Manager for...

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FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for March is on Magellan Advisors. Magellan provides leading broadband, smart city,...

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FMEA would like to welcome our new Associate Member: Genics Inc. Please always remember the companies who support FMEA and the Florida Public Power...

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The Lakeland City Commission voted today to lower the electric fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers for the next fiscal quarter...

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Tallahassee Becomes First Public Power Utility in Florida to Power All Its City Buildings with Solar Energy Today, Feb. 26, the City of Tallahassee...

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Utility Invests in Efficiency Upgrades in Existing Parramore Homes Clint Bullock, OUC General Manager & CEO, was named to the board of...

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50% Reduction in CO2 by 2030 The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC – The Reliable One) announced a new strategic plan for 2025 that includes a...

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The City of Fort Meade welcomed Jan Bagnall, who joined the city Feb. 3 as its inaugural Electric Director. In this role, Bagnall will oversee the...

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Kissimmee Utility Authority is seeking individuals interested in filling an open seat on the utility's board of directors. The deadline for...

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FMEA would like to welcome our newest Associate Member: Dilo Company, Inc. Please always remember the companies who support FMEA and the Florida...

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FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for February is on The Okonite Company. The Okonite Company was founded in 1878 making it one...

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Kissimmee Utility Authority is warning parents of a dangerous viral internet challenge currently circulating on the social media app TikTok. It's...

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FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for January is on MasTec North America (www.mastec.com) MasTec companies have been involved in...

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Field service specialist Michelle Daughtrey has been named Kissimmee Utility Authority’s 2019 employee of the year. The award recognizes and...

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The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) launched its “Florida Public Power: Lighting Up the Holidays” social media campaign,...

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Project expansion adds 600,000 solar panels for a total of 1.5 million panels by 2023 Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), in partnership with 12...

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The Lakeland City Commission voted Monday to keep the electric fuel charge the same for Lakeland Electric customers for the next fiscal quarter...

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By Paul Ciampoli, APPA With support from the Department of Energy through a cooperative agreement, the American Public Power Association in...

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FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for December is on Northwest Lineman College (www.lineman.edu). Northwest Lineman College,...

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Kissimmee Utility Authority has appointed Cindy Herrera as the utility's vice president of human resources, effective December 2. She brings more...

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Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), in conjunction with 12 Florida municipal electric utilities and Florida Renewable Partners, LLC, today...

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Kissimmee Utility Authority today participated in a groundbreaking event for the Florida Municipal Solar Project, a large-scale solar energy project...

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By Peter Maloney Voters in the city of Lakeland, Fla., recently rejected a ballot initiative that would have made it easier to sell the...

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FMEA plans our conferences, forums, workshops and publications with the advice and input of many people. We would like your help in developing...

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FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for November is on Electric Supply, Inc. Electric Supply is Florida’s largest...

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FMEA would like to acknowledge our newest Associate Member: Utility Training Services, Inc. Please always remember the companies who support FMEA...

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Kissimmee Utility Authority won three awards in the Excellence in Public Power Communications Awards, a national competition sponsored annually by...

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Offered by U.S. Tennis Association in Lake Nona, Free Clinics Promote Physical Activity OUC — The Reliable One announced today that it is...

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Sixty-seven public power utilities have earned a Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Association. This is...

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Display showcases how OUC protects bald eagles, other raptors from power line interactions The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC – The...

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Vol 52 - Issue 1

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Fourteen public power utilities today were recognized by the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) with “Building Strong...

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FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for October is on Emerald Transformer (https://www.emeraldtransformer.com/) For more than 40...

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In honor of Public Power Week, Oct. 6 – 12, the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) will showcase the benefits and value of public...

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Public power utilities are: Locally owned, locally controlled and locally operated. Reliable with fewer outages than other electricity...

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Employees of the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) helped beautify a residential housing facility at Aspire Health Partners in Orlando as part...

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Lakeland Electric, a locally-owned municipal utility, was founded 115 years ago in 1904. Today, we mark this anniversary by launching 115 days of...

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The Lakeland City Commission voted Thursday to lower the electric fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers for the next fiscal quarter...

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As Florida prepared for potentially catastrophic impacts of Hurricane Dorian, more than 1,000 lineworkers from more than 20 states answered our call...

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As the threat of local impacts from Hurricane Dorian have decreased, City of Tallahassee crews are deploying to provide aid for communities to the...

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The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) has activated its national mutual aid network and is lining up crews to restore power to areas...

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Florida Municipal Power Agency General Manager and CEO Jacob Williams issued a statement regarding preparations for Hurricane Dorian. “FMPA...

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“While the forecast is still uncertain, it appears increasingly likely that Hurricane Dorian will continue to strengthen and have a...

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OUC—The Reliable One is closely watching the track of Tropical Storm Dorian as to how it will impact our service area of Orange and Osceola...

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The City of Winter Park is monitoring and preparing for the potential impact of Tropical Storm Dorian. All city departments are fully prepared,...

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The Florida Municipal Electric Association’s (FMEA) and Florida Municipal Power Agency’s (FMPA) nearly month-long celebration of...

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Kissimmee Utility Authority proudly celebrates Florida Lineworker Appreciation Day today to honor the skilled brave men and women across the state...

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Today the skilled workers of OUC—The Reliable One were recognized by the cities of Orlando and St. Cloud for delivering safe, reliable service...

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OUC—The Reliable One has been named the healthiest employer in Central Florida for companies with 500-1,499 employees. The award from the...

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A political committee spearheading a proposed constitutional amendment to overhaul Florida’s electric-utility industry received $668,000 in...

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Kissimmee Utility Authority won six awards at the 2019 Golden Image Awards, an annual statewide competition sponsored by the Florida Public...

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Utilities Commission, City of New Smyrna Beach (UCNSB) staff will join hundreds of excited students, parents, and teachers at Chisholm...

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FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for August is on Apogee Interactive (https://www.apogee.net) Apogee takes pride in pushing...

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FMEA would like to acknowledge our newest Associate Member: CDA Technical Institute. Please always remember the companies who support FMEA and the...

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Kissimmee Utility Authority has earned the Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Association for demonstrating...

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What started 25 years ago as an experiment to save money for municipal electric utilities in Florida continues to flourish today as the Florida...

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As part of its annual meeting in Bonita Springs, the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) elected new officers to preside over the...

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Fitch Ratings has upgraded the financial rating of Lakeland Electric revenue bonds to AA from AA. In their commentary, Fitch cited Lakeland...

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FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for July is on Michels Corporation (https://www.michels.us/) Michels founder Dale Michels...

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Statement By: Amy Zubaly, Executive Director, Florida Municipal Electric Association Regarding Enhanced Public Power Customer...

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FMEA would like to acknowledge our newest Associate Members: Cindy Miller, LLC and Picket and Associates, Inc. Please always remember the companies...

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The City of Leesburg is excited to introduce Mr. Brad Chase as the new Leesburg Electric director. Mr. Chase’s first day with the City will be...

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Kissimmee Utility Authority has unveiled a solar energy demonstration trailer to educate utility customers and students on solar energy production...

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Utility’s Donation of 200 Tons of Concrete Blocks Helps Create Marine Habitat ** Video & Photos of Ship Sinking Are Available at...

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Florida public power utilities Kissimmee Utility Authority and Orlando Utilities Commission reported that they set new power demand records this...

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For the second time in a month, Kissimmee residents have set a new all-time record for electricity use. Kissimmee Utility Authority recorded an...

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Utility Donates 200 Tons of Material to Help Create Artificial Reef off Florida’s Coast Nearly 200 tons, about 400,000 pounds, of concrete...

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Excellent reliability, knowledgeable employees and concern for customer safety helped Kissimmee Utility Authority increase overall customer...

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Retired Kissimmee Utility Authority president and general manager Jim Welsh was honored Tuesday by the American Public Power Association for his...

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Joel Ivy, General Manager of Lakeland Electric in Lakeland, Florida, received the James D. Donovan Individual Achievement Award at the American...

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FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for June is on Airborne Response. (www.airborneresponse.com/) Airborne Response provides...

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Kissimmee residents used more electricity Tuesday than at any other time in the utility’s 118-year history, thanks to scorching temperatures...

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The latest Florida Chamber Bottom Line features Clint Bullock, Chief Executive Officer of Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), discussing the...

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FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for May is on POWER Engineers. (www.powereng.com) It’s the people and their processes...

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FMEA would like to acknowledge our newest Associate Member Mesa Associates. Please always remember the companies who support FMEA and the Florida...

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May is National Electrical Safety Month and the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) is urging Floridians to take this month before the...

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Kissimmee Utility Authority won eight awards at the 2019 Image Awards, an annual competition sponsored by the Orlando Area Chapter of the Florida...

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Kissimmee Utility Authority linemen brought home high marks and two trophies from Saturday’s Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo in Colorado...

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FMEA would like to acknowledge our newest Associate Member Second Sight Systems. Please always remember the companies who support FMEA and the...

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FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for April is on Leidos. (www.leidos.com) In 1969, with a few dollars and a good idea,...

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Seven linemen from Kissimmee Utility Authority will travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado this week to compete in Saturday’s 2019 Public Power...

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Congratulations to Linda Ferrone, Chief Customer Officer, who has been named a 2019 Women Who Mean Business Honoree by the Orlando Business Journal....

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The Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors voted unanimously at its March 6 meeting to rename the utility’s administration building in...

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In the wake of tornadoes that hit Alabama, Georgia and Florida over the first weekend in March, public power utilities in the region rolled...

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FMEA would like to acknowledge our newest Associate Member Quanta Utility Engineering Services. Please always remember the companies who support...

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FMEA’s Associate Member of the month for March is Burns & McDonnell. Residents and industries in municipalities across Florida rely more...

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This past weekend marked a time of honor and celebration for Florida public power communities and for lineworkers from across the Sunshine State. On...

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Electric lineworkers from across the Sunshine State and as far away as Colorado will challenge one another during the Florida Municipal Electric...

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The City of Lakeland is pleased to announce Emily Colon as the new Assistant City Manager. Her first day on the job in this position will be April...

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The Tallahassee City Commission voted unanimously to adopt a Clean Energy Resolution, further strengthening the City of Tallahassee's commitment to...

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By unanimous consent, the Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors today appointed Brian Horton as the utility’s president and general...

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Cesar Calvet has been unanimously appointed president of the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) Board, effective January 22, 2019. Calvet joined the...

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Michael Bloomberg, the United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Action, on Feb. 8 joined City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Clint Bullock,...

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In a landmark decision, the Kissimmee City Commission on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, approved a partnership with Kissimmee Utility Authority to power...

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Kissimmee Utility Authority president and general manager Jim Welsh was inducted into the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame...

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FMEA’s Associate Member of the month for February is 8minutenergy. 8minutenergy has established a reputation as a trusted partner with both...

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FMEA Welcomes Newest Associate Member – HEATSINC FMEA would like to acknowledge our newest Associate Member: Hilton Electrical, Automation,...

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CEO of statewide power agency describes benefits of a locally owned electric utility Ocala Electric Utility contributes approximately $19 million in...

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Public power cities Austin, Texas, Orlando, Fla. and San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 11 were included among the list of final winners in the...

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FMEA’s Associate Member of the month for January is ENCO Utility Services ENCO helps cities, quasi-municipal districts and master planned...

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FMEA would like to acknowledge our newest Associate Member: Interactive Utility Communications. Welcome to Florida’s public power...

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Welcome to our new website! We have a brand new look and updated technology in an effort to better serve all our members. In order to get the most...

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FMEA’s Associate Member of the month for December is Downes Associates. Since 1968, Downes Associates, Inc. (DAI) provides engineering and...

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FMEA would like to acknowledge our newest Associate Member: Citelum. Welcome to Florida’s public power network! Please always remember the...

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The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) was awarded an American Public Power Association Excellence in Public Power Communications Award...

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The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recently honored 13 municipal electric utilities with its 2018 Building Strong Communities Award,...

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On October 10, 2018, the panhandle of Florida was devastated by Hurricane Michael – a strong, Category 4 hurricane with winds at 155 mph (just...

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In honor of Public Power Week, (Oct. 7 – 13) the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) will highlight elements of the American...

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FMEA’s Associate Member of the month for October is American Wire Group (AWG) American Wire Group has been a longtime associate member of...

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FMEA would like to acknowledge our newest Associate Member: Magellan Advisors. Welcome to Florida’s public power network! Please always...

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