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OUC VP to Serve as President-Elect of FMEA Board of Directors

Jul 27, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Members of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) have elected OUC Vice President of Legislative, Regulatory & Compliance Chip Merriam as president-elect of the organization’s board of directors.

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.  “Chip has established himself as a strong leader on utility issues not only in Orlando, but throughout the state of Florida. We’re honored to have him serve as our president-elect.”

I appreciate the opportunity to serve on this important board,” said Merriam. “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.”

He added, “Vince Lombardi once said, ‘Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.’  FMEA has brought utilities from across the state together and that group effort is assuring that our work remains focused on the consumer.

Merriam brings a wealth of experience having served for 20 years as Deputy Executive Director, Water Resources for the South Florida Water Management District and the last seven as OUC’s Vice President responsible for managing energy and water regulatory and compliance matters. He is heavily involved in planning and policy development at both the state and federal levels.

About 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 240,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. Visit "javascript:reDirectTo('OUCHOST','/')" to learn more about our commitment to reliability, affordability and sustainability.

About FMEA – Florida Municipal Power Association
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.