Win-Win Approach Strengthens Trust in Public Power

Joint action agencies meet at conference to discuss supporting member utilities

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 8, 2013 – “Joint action agencies must engage with their member communities to find win-win solutions to their challenges,” said Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer Frederick Bryant at the American Public Power Association’s Joint Action Workshop in Sanibel Island, Fla., this morning.

“Joint action agencies and state municipal associations have a responsibility to their members to strengthen the public’s trust and belief in public power,” said Bryant. “We can do that by taking a proactive approach to resolving local issues in a fair, win-win manner.”

The 90-minute session was titled, “What to Do When One of Your Members is Approached with a Buyout Offer.” Session panelists included Bryant, Florida Municipal Electric Association’s Barry Moline and WPPI Energy’s Mike Peters. Speakers discussed how joint action agencies can help their members prevent and, if necessary, work through a buy-out situation.

The Joint Action Workshop is an annual three-day conference for joint action agencies and their members to meet and discuss emerging policy, regulatory and power supply issues, and other topics related to the governance and management of joint action agencies.

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Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) is a wholesale power company owned by 31 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.

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