2017 FMEA Annual Conference
Diamond Sponsors
Burns & McDonnell
Gold Sponsors
Silver sponsors
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Duke Energy
Fairbanks Morse Engine
Florida Power & Light
GAI Consultants
GDS Associates, Inc.
Nixon Peabody LLP
OUC (Orlando Utilities Commission)
POWER Engineers
Stanley Consultants
Wells Fargo
Bronze sponsors
Black & Veatch
Downes Associates, Inc.
Emerald Transformer
Hopping Green & Sams
nFront Consulting LLC
PIKE Coorporation
Purvis Gray & Company
Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP
The Energy Authority

About the Conference

The 2017 FMEA Annual Conference was held in Ponte Vedra at the Sawgrass Marriott.

The Conference is a summer highlight for representatives from all segments of the electric utility industry: public, private and cooperative, and is extremely successful due to the support of the Florida Public Power Community.

FMEA Continuing Education Program

There are 7.25 CEU’s (Continuing Education Credits/Professional Development Hours) available for attending this FMEA event.

Conference Agenda Overview

Tuesday, July 18
1:00 – 5:00 pm Registration Desk Open
Pre-conference Seminars
2:00 – 4:00 pm Operational Support and Distribution Services, Jacob Williams, General Manager and CEO, FMPA, Orlando

Municipal utilities in Florida—and around the country—are facing a workforce shortage and high demand for essential field personnel to operate and maintain distribution systems.

The sudden departure of key personnel can be a serious problem, even threatening the viability of some municipal utilities. In addition, changing customer expectations and new technologies are driving the need for higher levels of service, reliability and outage restoration. A variety of options will be explored to address these issues. Be part of narrowing down the options and setting the direction for a significant expansion of operational support and distribution services for Florida’s municipal utilities.

3:00 – 4:30 pm State and Federal Legislative Process, Amy Zubaly, Executive Director, FMEA, Tallahassee, & Michael Nolan, President, MJN Consulting, Washington, D.C.

The state and federal legislative process can be complicated and daunting. How does an idea work its way through the process to become law? What opportunities exist to stop a bad bill? How are these processes different at the state vs. federal level? What do acronyms and words such as “TP,” “PCB,” and “cloture” mean? How can YOU, as part of the public power community, influence this process?

Learn answers to these questions and more at this pre-conference seminar.

5:30 – 6:30 pm Networking Reception for Colleagues and Sponsors
Wednesday, July 19
7:30 – 5:00 pm Registration Desk Open
7:30 am FMPA Board of Directors Continental breakfast
8:00 am FMPA Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 am FMPA Executive Committee Meeting (or immediately following Board of Directors Meeting)
10:30 – 12:30 pm FMEA Board of Directors meeting and lunch
1:00 – 1:30 pm Ice Cream Social
1:30 – 4:30 pm Opening General Session
1:45 – 2:45 pm An Insider’s View of Florida Politics and the Florida Legislature, The Honorable Jack Latvala, Florida Senate Appropriations Chair, District 16, Pinellas/Pasco

Senator Jack Latvala (R-District 16) is one of the most influential legislators in Florida. He’s one of the few Floridians who’s been returned by voters to the State Senate on two separate occasions, first serving from 1994-2002, and then returning in 2009 to present when he was motivated to run again because the Florida House of Representatives voted to allow oil drilling within three miles of the Gulf beaches.

During his first term, he was named by the Wall Street Journal as a rising star and was consistently ranked as one of the top 10 most effective Senators in an annual survey by the Miami Herald. Today, Senator Latvala serves as the powerful Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Combining both of his terms of service, more than 175 pieces of legislation he’s been a sponsor of, have become law. He’s even been called “the most powerful independent voice among Republicans,” voting on what he thinks is the best decision for Florida, not his party. He has been a solid champion on protecting the state’s precious environmental resources and a strong advocate of home rule.

As a possible 2018 Gubernatorial Candidate, Senator Latvala has one of the most unique perspectives on Florida politics and the legislative process. He’ll share his “inside the trenches” stories from the 2017 legislative session and give us his predictions for the future.

3:00 – 3:45 pm

Competitive Pay; The Consequences of Public Power becoming a Minor League Farm Club for the Rest of the Industry, Carl Mycoff, Managing Director, Mycoff, Fry & Prouse LLC, Conifer, CO

Workforce retention is an area of critical concern for public power utilities. Public power utilities provide highly reliable electric service at comparably low cost, yet they also generally pay less than other electric utilities. This pay disparity threatens to undermine the public power advantage as qualified employees may be tempted to work for other utilities or may not even consider working for public power utilities to begin with.

Learn what you can do at your utility to hire and retain highly qualified employees and be a competitive player in the workforce arena.

3:45 – 4:30 pm A Florida Perspective on the Future of Energy, Carbon Regulation, and a Consumer-Centric Business Model, Lisa Johnson, CEO and General Manager, Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc., Tampa

Energy industry trends across the U.S. and here in the Sunshine State are changing quickly. Many challenges are looming that will change the way we operate our utility. Utility leaders and policymakers must stay up-to-date on these issues and implement solutions locally.

Hear about some of these energy industry trends including advocacy and collaboration on policy matters, as well as the importance of providing value to the consumer.

6:00 – 7:30 pm Reception Honoring Elected and Appointed Officials
Thursday, July 20
7:00 – 5:00 pm Registration Desk Open
7:00 – 8:00 am Fellowship Breakfast (separate ticket purchase required)
7:45 – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast (open to all conference attendees)
8:30 am – Noon Morning General Session
8:30 – 9:15 am Where is Solar Power Headed for the Sunshine State? Stephen Smith, Executive Director, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Knoxville, Tenn.

Generating electricity from the sun is a technology that all of us know well. While there is no state mandated renewable energy portfolio, solar energy in Florida is growing. Many utilities, including Florida public power utilities, are responding to their community’s input and advancing solar projects in response to what their customers want.

As a key advocate for solar power in Florida, Stephen Smith will share his thoughts and discuss how solar power development could unfold in the coming years in Florida.

9:15 – 10:00 am Development of Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Technology for the Municipal Market, Douglas Hunter, CEO and General Manager, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, Salt Lake City, Utah

With environmental regulatory changes taking place nationally, municipal electric utilities need to explore options for future needs for baseload power. Many large coal plants that have provided stable baseload power supply for decades are nearing the end of their life cycles, and while the regulatory climate of the future of coal is uncertain, trends have turned away from the use of fossil fuels. Natural gas seems to be the preferred fuel of the future, but too much dependency on one fuel also raises concerns. And while the use of renewable energy, efficiency programs and distributed generation is increasing, electric utilities need to look at all options as they plan for the future to secure a reliable resource for long-term energy needs.

Hear an overview of some of the environmental, regulatory and market changes facing municipal electric utilities, and how one utility is turning to small modular reactors to help them prepare for their future energy needs.

10:15 – 11:00 You Can’t Make This Up – An Insider’s View of Washington, Michael Nolan, President, MJN Consulting, Washington, D.C.

One of our most popular speakers returns for an annual update on energy and politics in Washington, D.C. Michael Nolan will provide us with his insights regarding the latest on the new White House, Congressional agenda and the outlook on energy policy, including issues facing public power.

Come with your toughest questions and be prepared for straight talk from the Washington insider.

11:00 am – Noon 24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker: Leadership in a Crisis, Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Darling, USMC (Ret.), Stafford, Va.

Lt. Col. Darling retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2007 with just over twenty years of active duty service. After an impressive early career piloting attack helicopters in Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and as a presidential pilot with Marine Helicopter Squadron One, he was handpicked in October 2000 to work for the White House Military Office, Airlift Operations Department.

It was in this position that, during the attack of September 11, 2001, he supported the President, Vice President and National Security Advisor in the underground President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) and witnessed unprecedented leadership and decision making at the highest levels of our government. Lt. Col. Darling will chronicle these developments and share the principles of crisis leadership and decision making with an “edge of your seat” presentation that’ll take you from the moment the attack was realized, to the courageous decisions made to stop it, to the safeguards and policies our country now has in-place in an attempt to prevent it from ever happening again.

Noon – 1:30 pm Luncheon: FMPA’s State of the State: On the Right Path with No Time to Rest, Bill Conrad, FMPA Chairman, City of Newberry and Jacob Williams, General Manager and CEO, Florida Municipal Power Agency
2:00 – 4:00 pm Three Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Breakout 1 Legal Seminar
2:00 – 3:00 pm Getting Disaster Assistance from FEMA: the Basics, the Audits, and the Compliance Risks, Ernie Abbott, Of Counsel, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, Washington, DC and Michelle Zaltsberg, Associate, Orlando
3:15 – 4:00 pm Environmental Regulation: Updates from Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., Gary Perko, Shareholder, Hopping Green & Sams, P.A., Tallahassee
Breakout 2 Policy-Makers Forum
2:00 – 2:45 pm Planning for Advocacy Success, John Wayne Smith, Partner, Peebles-Smith, LLC, Tallahassee
3:00 – 4:00 pm Policy-Makers Roundtable Discussion on Electric Utility Issues and FMPA’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee (PMLC) Meeting, Mike Perri., Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, and Chair, PMLC
Breakout 3 Controlling Costs & Providing Outstanding Service for Today and Tomorrow
2:00 – 2:45 pm Improving Cybersecurity – Without All the Costs and Headaches, Scott Mossbrooks, Director U.S. Sales, N-Dimesion Solutions, Flowery Branch, GA
3:00 – 4:00 pm Creating the Smart Cities of the Future, Mike Beehler, Vice President, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, MO
6:30 – 7:00 pm Reception
7:00 – 9:00 pm Annual Banquet

Sponsorship Opportunities

The conference is important to your business because it brings together the top elected officials and decision-makers of Florida’s public power utilities. If you conduct business with municipal electric utilities, you understand that sustained relationships and continuous visibility to this market segment are essential for long-term success. This conference is the premier event for interaction with key personnel of FMEA’s member utilities.

Contribution amount
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*Diamond Sponsors receive complementary registrations at each of the major FMEA Events

Hotel Information

A third party claiming to represent FMEA may contact attendees of upcoming conferences and offer assistance with hotel reservations. No such third party is affiliated with FMEA or authorized to represent us — please do NOT make hotel reservations through any third party that may contact you by phone or email. FMEA maintains room blocks with specially negotiated rates at all our conference hotels and attendees are encouraged to only use the Online reservation links, phone numbers, and discount codes available on the FMEA web site.

Hotel reservation deadline: June 16, 2017


Sawgrass Marriott
1000 PGA Tour Boulevard
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Main hotel phone: (904) 285-7777