Local Utility Managers Elected to Lead Statewide Agency
Municipal utilities elect 2011-2012 statewide Board and Executive Committee officers
ORLANDO, Fla., July 22, 2011 – Municipal electric utility managers from throughout Florida elected six of their own to lead a statewide power agency in 2011-2012.
Elections for the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s Board of Directors and All-Requirements Project Executive Committee took place at the Agency’s annual meeting held today in Palm Beach, Fla.
Four Elected to Board of Directors
Members of FMPA re-elected Vince R. Ruano, City Manager of Bushnell, as Chairman of the Board of Directors for 2011-2012. This is Ruano’s third consecutive term as Chairman. Ruano has served as a member of FMPA’s Board of Directors since 1985. Previously, he served five years as Vice Chairman, nine years as Secretary and four years as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer.
Paul Kalv, Electric Director for the city of Leesburg, was re-elected as Vice Chairman. Kalv has served on FMPA’s Board of Directors since 2007, and this is his third term as Vice Chairman.
Lou Hernandez, Chairman of the Utility Board of the city of Key West, was re-elected as Secretary. Hernandez has served on FMPA’s Board of Directors since 2007. This is his third term as Secretary.
Kevin McCarthy, Utilities Director for the city of Clewiston, was re-elected as Treasurer, a position he has held since 2006. McCarthy has served on FMPA’s Board of Directors since 2002.
FMPA’s Board of Directors makes policy decisions for the power supply projects of FMPA, except the All-Requirements Project. Each of FMPA’s 30 members appoints one representative to the Board of Directors, and Board officers are elected by popular vote of the members.
Two Elected to Executive Committee
FMPA members also elected Howard McKinnon, Town Manager of the Town of Havana, as Chairman of the All-Requirements Project Executive Committee for 2011-2012.
McKinnon has served on the All-Requirements Project Executive Committee and FMPA’s Board of Directors since 2006.
Matt Brower, City Manager of Ocala, was re-elected for a second term as Vice Chairman. Brower has served on the All-Requirements Project Executive Committee since 2008, and he is also a representative to the Board of Directors.
FMPA’s Executive Committee includes one appointed representative from each member of FMPA’s All-Requirements Project. The Executive Committee independently governs and manages the business affairs of the All-Requirements Project.
FMPA’s All-Requirements Project provides all the wholesale power needs of 14 Florida cities, including Bushnell, Clewiston, Fort Meade, Fort Pierce, Green Cove Springs, Town of Havana, Jacksonville Beach, Key West, Kissimmee, Lake Worth, Leesburg, Newberry, Ocala and Starke. All-Requirements enables municipal utilities of all sizes to become owners—not just customers—of an efficient statewide power system.
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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 two million Floridians.