Jacob A. Williams is General Manager and CEO of the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA). Williams joined FMPA in September 2016 and replaced Nicholas P. Guarriello, who announced his plans to retire.
Williams has 31 years of experience in the utility industry. Prior to joining FMPA, he served as Vice President, Generation and Emissions Technologies at Peabody Energy in St. Louis, Mo. From 2007 to 2015, Williams was Vice President, Global Energy Analytics, leading the global analysis of energy and coal markets for Peabody. From 2001 to 2007, Williams was Peabody’s Vice President, Generation Development and played a key role in developing the largest new coal generation plant in more than 30 years in the United States. For the Prairie State Energy Campus, he was instrumental in bringing to fruition the 1,600 MW clean-coal power plant that was co-owned by Peabody with six municipal joint action agencies and two generation and transmission rural electric cooperatives.
Williams has experience providing services to public power utilities. He served as Peabody’s representative on the Prairie State Board of Directors with the public power and cooperative partners from 2009 to 2016. Prior to joining Peabody, Williams held various positions at Alliant Energy (formerly Wisconsin Power & Light) in energy marketing, trading, integrated resource planning, and generation planning, which included working with municipal and joint action agencies.
Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.