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The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) has a new leadership team.
FMEA is the statewide trade association representing Florida’s 33 municipal electric utilities.
Serving as the executive leadership team of the board are President James Braddock, director of support services and internal auditing for the City of Wauchula; President-Elect Paul Jakubczak, director of electric and gas systems for the Fort Pierce Utilities Authority; Vice President Brian Horton, president and general manager, CEO of KUA (Kissimmee Utility Authority); and Secretary-Treasurer Joe Bunch, general manager and CEO of the Utilities Commission City of New Smyrna Beach.
FMEA’s annual conference started Tuesday in Naples and runs through Thursday.
Braddock, in a news release, pointed to an FMEA future with better ways to serve customers.
“Community and customers are at the heart of every public power utility, and I’m honored to serve on the board of the association that is dedicated to advancing public power in Florida, finding new and better ways to serve our customers, and further strengthening our communities,” Braddock said. “With the worst of a challenging year behind us, we are ready to look forward and get to work on the future of public power in Florida.”
And, the future of public power in the Sunshine State may include more solar.
Since FMEA member Florida Power & Light (FPL) debuted its community solar program thirteen months ago, all its available solar power has been sold, company officials said Wednesday.
“We developed the FPL SolarTogether program because customers wanted access to clean, cost-effective solar energy, and the response to the program was almost immediate,” Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL, said in a news release. “By participating, our dedicated FPL SolarTogether customers are encouraging the build-out of cost-effective solar across the state, making Florida the largest, most affordable, and most accessible solar state in the nation.”
FPL, the largest electric utility in Florida, plans to have 30 million solar panels installed by 2030, with the sun generating 20% of the energy coursing through FPL’s power grid.
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