FMPA General Manager and CEO Receives National Public Power Award
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 24, 2008 — Roger Fontes, general manager and CEO of Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), received the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Harold Kramer-John Preston Personal Service Award at the Association’s national conference in New Orleans, La. This award recognizes service to APPA through substantial contributions toward association goals.
Fontes has 37 years of experience in the utility industry. Prior to joining FMPA in March 2001, he was the Assistant General Manager at the Northern California Power Agency. Fontes serves on the Board of Directors of APPA, and he is a past chair of APPA’s Legislative and Resolutions Committee.
Fontes is co-founder and Executive Committee member of the Transmission Access Policy Study (TAPS) Group. TAPS is a national association of transmission-dependent electric utilities that supports non-discriminatory transmission access as well as vigorous, competitive wholesale electric markets. FMPA is a charter member of TAPS.
Fontes was elected as the first President of the Board of Directors of Public Gas Partners. This first-of-its-kind non-profit corporation is in business to purchase producing natural gas production facilities throughout the U.S. to lower costs for consumers. Fontes is a member of the Florida Municipal Power Pool’s Executive Committee and the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council’s Board of Directors.
Fontes holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from California State University, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Southern California.
History of the Award
In 1959, APPA initiated this award in honor of Harold Kramer, of Loup River Public Power District, Columbus, Neb., who played a leading role in the formation of APPA and served as its first executive secretary and general manager from 1941 to mid-1942. In 1969, the APPA Board of Directors changed this award to also honor John Preston, of Loup River Public Power District, first vice president of APPA. This award recognizes service to APPA.
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The American Public Power Association (APPA) is the service organization for the nation’s more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities that serve more than 45 million Americans. More info at www.APPAnet.org.
Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) is a wholesale power company owned by 30 municipal electric utilities. FMPA provides economies of scale in power generation and related services to support community-owned electric utilities. The members of FMPA serve approximately 2 million Floridians. FMPA’s members include Alachua, Bartow, Bushnell, Chattahoochee, Clewiston, Fort Meade, Fort Pierce, Gainesville, Green Cove Springs, Havana, Homestead, Jacksonville Beach, Key West, Kissimmee, Lake Worth, Lakeland, Leesburg, Moore Haven, Mount Dora, New Smyrna Beach, Newberry, Ocala, Orlando, Quincy, St. Cloud, Starke, Vero Beach, Wauchula and Williston. Additional information is available on the Internet at www.fmpa.com.