The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across Florida. FMEA was established in 1942 in response to WWII fuel shortages and is now the official meeting place for Florida’s public power community. Municipal electric utilities provide low-cost, reliable electric service, and have been doing so for over a century.
In addition to municipal electric utility members, FMEA has three other membership categories: associate member companies, public agencies, and affiliates. Together, FMEA staff and utility members work to protect public power’s legislative, regulatory and operational interests, and to strengthen our common bonds for the benefit of Florida’s communities.
Public power utilities play an important role in Florida’s electric industry:
- Serve 15 percent of the state’s population – 3.0 million Floridians;
- Provide an industry-wide yardstick for efficient operation and superior service;
- Promote increased wholesale competition to lower consumer power costs, and have been at the forefront of efforts to improve wholesale transmission access;
- Are community-owned and locally managed; and
- Support local government with transfer payments, which help communities pay for fire and police protection and other important local services.
FMEA provides its members with government relations, communications and education services. The association is at the forefront of energy industry trends, and advances public power utilities toward enhancing services and continually innovating in all aspects of utility operations.
P.O. Box 10114
Tallahassee, Florida 32302-2114
Executive Director – Barry J. Moline (850) 224-3314, ext. 1
Director of Public Affairs – Amy S. Zubaly (850) 224-3314, ext. 7
Director of Training & Member Services – Cheryl L. Anderson (850) 251-5465
Office Manager – Brenda S. Thompson (850) 224-3314, ext. 3
Communications Specialist – Carly Mertz (850) 224-3314, ext. 4
Director of Communications & Marketing – Garnie Holmes, Jr. (850) 224-3314, ext. 5
Information Management Coordinator – S. Denise Hill (850) 224-3314, ext. 6
FMEA General & Regulatory Counsel
Frederick M. Bryant
P.O. Box 3209
Tallahassee, FL 32315-3209
Fax: (850) 297-2014
FMEA Assistant General Counsel & Manager of Legal Affairs
Jody Lamar Finklea
P.O. Box 3209
Tallahassee, FL 32315-3209
Fax: (850) 297-2014
FMEA Legislative Counsel
William J. Peebles, Esq.
P.O. Box 10930
Tallahassee, FL 32302
Fax: (850) 681-7271
The Florida Municipal Electric Association is affiliated with and works closely with the American Public Power Association on federal issues. FMEA’s legislative team actively represents member cities’ interests on a wide variety of state legislative issues in Tallahassee. FMEA is also active in dealing with federal and state agencies on regulatory issues.
FMEA functions as an information clearinghouse, providing access to a comprehensive news archive, statistics, legislative updates, safety updates, and technical information for individual utility members.
Daily Industry News
Through publicpower.com, FMEA provides daily news about the entire electric industry. Although the news concentrates on Florida’s electric and energy industry, pertinent national stories are also run featuring governmental and regulatory news, technical and utility operations news, and environmental impact news.
Our quarterly publication, Relay, provides in-depth coverage of the issues and events that affect municipal and other utilities in Florida. Relay covers events in the state government, technical features, interviews with top industry professionals, and comprehensive feature stories on current topics of interest. Relay is Florida’s only electric utility industry magazine, and has a readership of more than 4,000.
FMEA posts a monthly comparison of rates for Florida’s municipal and private electric utilities, as well as posting annual statistical information for Florida’s municipal, investor-owned and cooperative utilities.
Lineman Assistance Fund
The FMEA Lineman Assistance Fund provides Florida Municipal Electric Association member utilities’ lineworkers with emergency financial assistance as they deal with medical conditions. The Fund assists linemen and their families when an on-the-job injury creates a special need.
FMEA offers monthly workshops, training programs, and online interactive training courses for member municipal utilities and electric cooperatives including:
- Key Accounts
- Geographic Information Systems
- Lineworker Training
- Communicators Forum
- Florida Association of Utility Trainers
- Customer Service
- Electrical System Operation for Non-engineers
- Legal Seminar
- Manager Development
- On-line training
FMEA’s safety activities include:
- Quarterly Safety Committee Meetings
- Safety Training Courses
Conferences, Trade Shows and Events
FMEA Annual Conference
This three-day event features top industry speakers, informative workshops and discussion groups, vendor sponsored golf and tennis tournaments and much more. The conference is designed for upper-level utility managers, utility directors, city managers, city directors and regional managers from Florida’s municipal utilities, investor-owned utilities and electric cooperatives.
Utility Education & Trade Show Days
Utility Education and Trade Show Days brings together professionals from the energy industry for top-notch speakers and topics and the latest in utility products and services.
The convenient one-day format allows utility staff to keep travel costs low while receiving high-value training. Utility Day North (Gainesville), held in a convenient location for utilities located in Northern and middle Florida, and Utility Day South held in a convenient location for utilities located in Southern Florida, offer a motivational General Session presentation and early afternoon breakout training sessions on topics including customer service, safety and training, transmission and distribution and lineworker skills.
The Utility Education Day Trade show will be held throughout the Day showcasing state-of-the-industry products and services for all aspects of the utility industry.
Florida Lineman Competition
The Florida Lineman Competition is a one-day event in which utility lineman teams compete against one another in several different line working events. Vendors from the electric utility industry also attend the event, showcasing the latest industry products and services.
Board of Directors: Each member is allowed two representatives. The Board meets three times per year (April-Tallahassee, July-Annual Conference and December-Orlando) and is charged with overseeing FMEA’s direction.
Legislative & Regulatory: Oversees the legislative and regulatory activities of FMEA. The committee meets on an as-needed basis, generally 2-3 times per year, usually in Tallahassee.
Member Services: Meets once per year, prior to the April Board of Directors meeting, to discuss FMEA’s work plan and goals for the coming year.
Safety: Consists of member representatives charged with safely operating their electric utilities, including safety coordinators and safety directors. Meets quarterly at various locations around Florida.
Customer Connections: Consists of member representatives working in every aspect of utility operations that comes in contact with customers, including customer service, key accounts, energy conservation, demand-side management, and public relations.
Engineering & Operations: Consists of member representatives working in every aspect of engineering & operations, including transmission, distribution, generation and fuels.
Mutual Aid: Individuals available 24/7 to discuss 1) needs of the electric utility after a storm or when another emergency hits their area, or 2) providing assistance – work crews, equipment and supplies – to other cities/utilities after an emergency.