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Lakeland Electric General Manager Elected Secretary-Treasurer of FMEA Board of Directors

(Tallahassee, FL) – Members of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) have elected Joel Ivy, General Manager for Lakeland Electric, as secretary-treasurer of the organization’s board of directors. 

FMEA represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provides electricity to nearly 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers. 

“Board members participate in regular meetings held across the state and are charged with setting the overall direction of the organization,” said Barry Moline, FMEA’s executive director.  “Joel has established himself as a strong leader on utility issues not only in Lakeland, but throughout the state of Florida.  We’re honored to have him serve as our secretary-treasurer.”

“I am pleased to be chosen to serve as an elected member on FMEA’s board.  This organization is helping our state’s electric industry stay at the forefront of the nation by keeping its members informed on legislative issues and providing safety, training and customer service resources,” said Ivy.

He added, “Vince Lombardi once said, ‘The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.’  Through FMEA, individual municipal utilities located across Florida are working together to assure that our priorities remain focused on the consumer.”

Mr. Ivy has an extensive professional career in the power industry that began almost 30 years ago when he started as a lineman in 1983.  He has had a steady career path that includes climbing utility poles to managing multi-hundred million dollar operations with start-ups, investor owned and publicly owned utilities. Past experience includes his tenure as Chief Operating Officer at Visible Light Solar Technologies and Vice President of New Mexico Operations for Public Service Company of New Mexico, an investor owned utility with almost 500,000 customers. Mr. Ivy has been General Manager for Lakeland Electric for the last three years.

Other officers elected to the FMEA board include President Mike New of Newberry; President-Elect Clay Lindstrom of Fort Pierce; and Vice President Chip Merriam of Orlando. 

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provides electricity to more than 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for January 2013 Is now available. The report compares utility bills for residential, commercial and industrial utility customers categorized by consumption in 15 categories. The report is produced monthly and includes billing information from investor-owned and municipal utilities.

Of the 15 categories, Lakeland Electric and Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) are tied for lowest bills in six categories each. The City of Tallahassee ranked lowest in two categories, while the Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach was lowest in one.

For residential bills, FPL is lowest in two of three categories.

In the commercial sector, the report shows Lakeland Electric is lowest in three categories, Tallahassee and FPL are lowest in two, and the Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach is lowest in one.

In the industrial sector, Lakeland Electric and FPL are tied as lowest in two categories each.

The FMEA Bill comparison provides a fair comparison of customer bills served by different utilities. The report includes utility rates, average franchise fees of 6 percent, local payments in lieu of taxes, and gross receipts taxes.