General Counsel Receives National Public Power Award

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 16, 2009 — Frederick M. Bryant, general counsel and CLO of Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), today received the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) James D. Donovan Individual Achievement Award at the Association’s national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The award recognizes people who have made substantial contributions to the electric utility industry, with a special commitment to public power.

Bryant has more than 40 years of experience in municipal utility law. Prior to joining FMPA’s full-time staff in October 1998, Bryant was in private practice for 28 years specializing in municipal utility law, energy law and municipal bond finance.

Bryant has represented Florida’s municipal utilities before the Florida governor and cabinet, Legislature, state agencies, Florida Supreme Court, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and in federal courts. Bryant worked actively in the development of electric joint action agencies and is a highly regarded expert on the formation, financing and legal structure of joint action agencies. He is also general and regulatory counsel for Florida Municipal Electric Association.

Bryant is admitted to The Florida Bar and The Colorado Bar. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Stetson University and J.D. degree from University of Florida. He is co-author of The Florida Tax Guide for Municipal Electric Utilities and author of numerous continuing legal education courses.

History of the Award
This award honors James D. Donovan of Kansas City, Kan., one of the founders of APPA and its first president. It was initiated in 1959 and recognizes individuals who have made great contributions to the electric utility industry and to public power.

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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

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

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