Florida public power utility JEA has joined the Florida Municipal Power Agency, making it the 33rd municipal electric utility to become a member of the Orlando-based FMPA.
“The partnership will enable the utilities to maximize its efforts in providing customers affordable, reliable and clean power. This includes bringing cost-effective solar power to the sunshine state, something the utilities are doing through the Florida Municipal Solar Project,” FMPA said in a news release.
The Florida Municipal Solar Project is a partnership between the Florida Municipal Power Agency and 16 public power utilities. The first two solar sites came online in June 2020. Two additional solar farms are scheduled to come online by the end of 2024. When complete, the project will be one of the largest municipal-backed solar projects in the country, providing nearly 300 megawatts of energy.
“JEA is committed to providing energy that balances reliability, affordability and sustainability to serve our Northeast Florida customers, said JEA Managing Director & CEO Jay Stowe. “We look forward to working with FMPA to achieve those goals.”
JEA is the largest municipal electric utility in Florida and among the largest in the U.S., serving more than 500,000 electric customers across four Northeast Florida counties.
“Municipal utilities work together through FMPA to enhance their operations for the benefit of their customers,” said FMPA General Manager and CEO Jacob Williams. “JEA is a well-run utility with great resources, so we look forward to the many ways we can collaborate.”