- Jul 24
Members of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) today have elected Mike Poucher, Director, Ocala Electric Utility, as vice president of the organization’s board of directors. “I am extremely pleased to continue on this leadership path within the FMEA Board of Directors and consider it a great honor to step into the role of Vice President,” said Poucher. “As we celebrate FMEA’s 75th anniversary this year and remember our history, we also look toward the next 75 years and what we can do to further strengthen our member communities and our service to our customers.” Poucher started his career 30 years ago as an electric engineer with the City of Ocala working with customers to satisfy their electrical power needs. As he progressed in his career, he worked in system protection, distribution planning and overseeing the expansion of Ocala’s substations and transmission system. His focus has always been on providing reliable, high quality electrical services to Ocala’s customers. He was named Ocala Electric Utility’s Director in 2012. “Mike has a long history of service to his community and to the state’s public power utilities, as well as an in-depth understanding of the issues important to our members,” said Amy Zubaly, FMEA Executive Director. “We are fortunate to have his expertise and look forward to his continued leadership within the organization.” Other officers appointed to the FMEA board include President Chip Merriam of Orlando; President-Elect Joel Ivy of Lakeland; and Secretary-Treasurer Allen Putnam of Jacksonville Beach. Originally called the Florida Municipal Utilities Association, FMEA was established in 1942 in response to World War II fuel shortages. Today, the association actively represents and advocates for member cities’ interests on a wide variety of state and federal issues, provides education and training for members and serves as a clearinghouse for industry news and information. Municipal electric utilities provide affordable, reliable electric service, and have been doing so for more than a century. As community-owned and locally managed organizations, these utilities are focused on serving local needs and interests while reinvesting back into the community for services, such as police and fire protection. For more information on FMEA and Florida’s public power communities, please visit www.publicpower.com.
- Jul 24
- Jul 24
Net metering is a service which credits our residential and commercial customers who are equipped with a renewable energy source. This energy source adds additional electricity to the grid. Customers are billed for the amount of energy (In kilowatt hours kWh) delivered from the utility to their home or business and the utility will provide Renewable Generation Credit (RGC) for the energy received from the customers in excess of their usage. This gives customers more control over their own electricity bill.
Should there be any excess energy it is converted with an inverter turning direct current power from the renewable energy source into alternating current power allowing it to flow through the power line to the grid offsetting future electric cost.
The grid will continue to be used by our Net Metering customers. They will need to rely on our system of poles, wires, substations, and other equipment to ensure power is supplied to their homes at night, when it’s cloudy, or when conditions require the need of additional power for the home or business. Net metering can help manage peak electricity loads, reduce the strain on distributions systems, and prevent long-distance transmission and distribution losses.