2022 FMEA Annual Conference


Tuesday, July 12, 2022
to Thursday, July 14, 2022

The Breakers Palm Beach

1 S County Rd Palm Beach, FL 33480

Attendee Rates Conference Agenda Sponsorship Details Hotel Information

The 2022 FMEA Annual Conference is being held at The Breakers in Palm Beach and brings together the top elected officials and decision-makers of Florida’s public power utilities for a three-day event filled with informative speakers, networking opportunities and a topical agenda addressing today’s industry issues. The conference begins with a welcome reception Tuesday evening and culminates with the Annual Banquet on Thursday night, celebrating the Florida public power community.

The Conference is a summer highlight and premier gathering of leaders in the industry and is extremely successful due to the support of the Florida public power community.


FMEA Continuing Education Program

There are 7.25 CEU’s (Professional Development Hours) available for attending this FMEA event.

Who attends this event?
CEOs, General Managers and Directors
Utility Leadership and Future Leaders

Mayors

City Council Members and Commissioners
Governing Board Members
City Managers
Municipal Leadership
Legal and Regulatory Counsel
Policymakers
Attendee Registration
Before June 10
June 11 - July 5
On-site
FMEA Municipal Member
$600
$625
$650
FMEA Associate Member
$700
$725
$750
Non-Member
$1,000
$1,025
$1,050
Spouse/Guest Registration
Before June 10
June 11 - July 5
On-site
FMEA Municipal Member
$200
$225
$250
FMEA Associate Member
$225
$250
$275
Non-Member
$250
$275
$300
Additional Registrations
Additional Banquet ticket (Adult)
$100
Additional Banquet ticket (Child ages 8-12)
$40
FMEA Policymaker Scholarship Program

Recipients of the FMEA Policymaker Scholarship are awarded complimentary conference registration. Spouse/Guest registration not included. Recipients must meet the following criteria:

  • One scholarship awarded annually per FMEA utility member
  • Recipient must be a first-time conference attendee
  • Recipient must be accompanied by a senior-level city or utility official who is fully registered for the Conference

For more information regarding the FMEA Policymaker Scholarship, please contact Director of Public Affairs and Strategic Communications, Nicole Albers.

2022 Conference Agenda Overview

Tuesday, July 12

1:00 – 5:00 pm Registration Desk Open
5:30 – 6:30 pm Welcome Reception

Wednesday, July 13

7:30 am – 5:00 pm Registration Desk Open
7:30 am FMPA Board of Directors Continental Breakfast
8:00 am FMPA Board of Directors Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting
10:30 am FMEA Board of Directors Meeting and Lunch (for FMEA Board members)
1:00 – 1:30 pm Ice Cream Social
1:30 – 1:45 pm Opening Welcome
Presiding:  James Braddock, FMEA President and  Director of Support Services & Internal Auditing, City of Wauchula
1:45 – 2:45 pm

The State of Electric Vehicles in Florida, Andrew Fay, Chair, Florida Public Service Commission, Florida Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg), Clint Bullock, CEO and General Manager, Orlando Utilities Commission

2:45 – 3:00 pm

Refreshment Break

3:00 – 3:45 pm  

Reliability, Resilience, Security – Not Just Another Catchphrase, Sue Kelly, Board of Trustees, North American Electric Reliability Corporation Board of Trustees and Immediate Past-President and CEO, American Public Power Association

3:45 – 4:45 pm Slow News Day? NEVER! It’s Florida Politics, Peter Schorsch, Publisher, Florida Politics
6:00 – 7:30 pm Reception Honoring Elected & Appointed Officials

Thursday, July 14

7:00 am – 4:00 pm Registration Desk open
7:45 – 8:15 am

Continental Breakfast (open to all conference attendees)

8:15 am – Noon          Morning General Session and Keynote Speaker
Presiding:  Brian Horton, FMEA President-Elect, President and General Manager, CEO, Kissimmee Utility Authority
8:15 – 9:00 am

Evaluating Market Alternatives, 1898 & Co, part of Burns & McDonnell

9:00 – 9:45 am

Florida Public Power Electric Utility Outlook 2022: Looking Forward, Dan Aschenbach, President, AGVP Advisory

9:45 – 10:00 am

Refreshment Break

10:00 – 11:00 am What is Going on in Washington: An Annual Update, Michael Nolan, President, MJN Consulting
11:00 – Noon Leadership on the Football Field Paved the Way for Excellence in the Field of Life, Derrick Brooks, Super Bowl Champion & Pro Hall of Famer
Noon – 1:30 pm Luncheon
2:00 – 4:00 pm Three Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Breakout One
Presiding: Jody Finklea, General Counsel, Florida Municipal Electric Association and Florida Municipal Power Agency

2:00 – 2:45 pm                 

A Path Towards Flexible and Sustainable Energy Systems, Russell Weeks, Energy Market Development, Wärtsilä North America, Inc.

2:45 – 3:00 pm                 

Refreshment Break

3:00 – 4:00 pm                  Top 10 Hot Environmental Issues, Debra Jezouit, Baker Botts, LLP
Breakout Two
2:00 – 2:45 pm                 Understanding and Prioritizing Grid Modernization Efforts for Your Utility, David Hart, Vice President Protection, Control and Automation, Quanta Technology and Joseph Bunch, General Manager & CEO, Utilities Commission, City of New Smyrna Beach
2:45 – 3:00 pm                 

Refreshment Break

3:00 – 3:30 pm                  Microgrid and DER Marketplace 2022, Philip Zicarelli, PowerSecure
3:30 – 4:00 pm

Smart Energy Storage for Peak Mitigation, Bobby Howard, Stem, Inc.

Breakout Three
Presiding: Susan Schumann, Public Relations and External Affairs Manager, Florida Municipal Power Agency

2:00 – 2:45 pm

Improving the Business of Community-owned Utilities, Hometown Connections

2:45 – 3:00 pm

Refreshment Break

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Policymakers Meeting

6:30 – 7:00 pm Reception
7:00 – 9:00 pm Annual Banquet
Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring the FMEA Annual Conference is a great opportunity for organizations to support public power and increase their visibility with Florida’s public power communities. If you conduct business with municipal electric utilities, you already know that sustained relationships and continuous visibility to this market segment are essential for long-term success.

There are opportunities for sponsorship of this key gathering of Florida’s municipal electric utilities at Elite, Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze levels. Each sponsorship package delivers great benefits, such as promotion of your company brand, both in advance of the conference and at the event itself, and much more!

Sponsorship Benefits Information

Category
Contribution amount
Number of registrants included
Elite
$20,000
6**
Diamond
$12,000
6*
Platinum
$10,000
4
Gold
$7,000
2
Silver
$4,000
1
Bronze
$2,000
0

**Elite Sponsorships are limited to one (1) per calendar year and receive all benefits at FMEA Signature Events during that year.

*Diamond Sponsorships are limited to four (4) per calendar year and will receive Silver level benefits at the other FMEA Signature Events in that year.

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Thank you to our sponsors!

Diamond Sponsor

Burns & McDonnell


Platinum sponsor

FRP


Gold sponsors

BofA
 
KCI Technologies
 
Milwaukee Tool
 
Ocala Electric
 
Pike
 
POWER Engineers
 
Silver sponsors

Altec
 
BrightNight
 
Commonwealth
 
Duke Energy
 
FWELF
 
FMPA
 
GAI Consultants
 
GrayRobinson
 
Leidos
 
MasTec
 
Nixon Peabody
 
PowerSecure
 
RingPower
 

Bronze sponsor

E Source
 
GDS Associates
 
nFront Consulting
 
Osmose
 
Purvis & Gray
 
SAM Companies
 
Spiegel McDiarmid
 
The Energy Authority
 
Wartsila


Conference Location Information

The Breakers Palm Beach

The Breakers
1 S County Rd.
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Main Phone: (561) 655-6611

PLEASE NOTIFY FMEA IF YOU NEED TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITLIST OR TO CANCEL YOUR ROOM RESERVATION.

A waitlist has been established and FMEA Staff would like to handle the reassignment of the rooms.

Nearby Hotels

Small/boutique hotels that are about 1 mile south of The Breakers (not Oceanfront properties)

The Brazilian Court
800-552-0335
White Elephant Palm Beach
844-462-9483
Colony Hotel
800-521-5525
Chesterfield
800-243-7871

Oceanfront properties are about 7 miles south of The Breakers

Four Seasons
800-432-2335
Eau Palm Beach
800-328-0170

Nearby hotels that are across the bridge (within 3 miles of The Breakers)

The Ben West Palm Hotel
561-655-4001
Hyatt Place West Palm Beach
561-655-1454
Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach Downtown
561-655-0404
Hilton West Palm Beach
561-231- 6000
Marriott West Palm Beach
561-833-1234

For More Information:

Nicole Albers

Nicole Albers

Dir. of Public Affairs & Strategic Communications, FMEA

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(850)224-3314x1007