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OUC's Top Environmental Executive Earns APPA Rising Star Award

Jun 20, 2013

Merriam Recognized for Dedication to Public Power

Vice President of Legislative & Regulatory Compliance, Chip MerriamORLANDO Lee “Chip” Merriam, OUC Vice President of Legislative & Regulatory Compliance, received the American Public Power Association’s Robert E. Roundtree Rising Star Award at APPA’s national conference Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn. The award recognizes individuals as future leaders of public power systems and their dedication to the goals and principles of public power.

“I’m proud to represent OUC—The Reliable One, and this national award recognizes the great work OUC and our employees are doing to benefit our customers, our community and our industry,” said Merriam, who is responsible for strategic planning, as well as all legislative, regulatory and compliance matters for Florida’s second largest municipal utility.

Merriam joined OUC in November 2009 and in the past few years has distinguished himself as a well-informed and effective advocate for public power policies. He has testified about air pollution regulations on behalf of public power before the House Science and Technology Committee and before the White House Office of Management and Budget.

He is heavily involved in the development of State of Florida and federal legislative policy. He has worked with the Environmental Protection Agency on the Clean Air Act Rule, Clean Water Act and corresponding Numeric Nutrient Criterion. He also is responsible for OUC-specific development and implementation of transmission and reliability standards under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), as well as the North American Energy Reliability Commission (NERC). He serves as a member on various committees of the Large Public Power Council (LPPC), including the Climate Policy Group, the Nuclear Strategy Group, the Governmental Resource Task Force and the Environmental Task Force. In addition, he coordinates with the St. Johns River and Southwest Florida Water Management Districts on rule making and policy development issues impacting Central Florida.

American Public Power Association (APPA), based in Washington, D.C., is the service organization for the nation's more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities. Collectively, these utilities serve more than 47 million Americans. APPA was created in 1940 as a nonprofit, non-partisan organization to advance the public policy interests of its members and their consumers, and provide member services to ensure adequate, reliable electricity at a reasonable price with the proper protection of the environment.

OUC–The Reliable One

Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida. OUC provides electric and water services to nearly 228,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. Visit ouc.com to learn more about our commitment to reliability, affordability and sustainability.