Ocala Electric Utility executive elected president of FMEA

An Ocala Electric Utility executive has been elected president of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA).

Mike Poucher, a director for Ocala Electric Utility, started his career more than 30 years ago as an electric engineer with the City of Ocala working with customers to satisfy their electrical power needs.

“Public power is all about community. And, the Florida Municipal Electric Association provides a statewide community for public power where we all can come together for the greater good of our industry, our communities’ electric utilities and, ultimately, our customers,” said Poucher. “I am proud to be a part of this association that has given me the opportunity to serve all of Florida’s public power communities and I look forward to continuing that service as the association’s president.”

As Poucher 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’s Electric Utility Director in 2012.

“Mike and his fellow officers embody the spirit of community and they bring so much to the board table in terms of leadership, industry experience and dedication to the industry as a whole,” said Amy Zubaly, FMEA Executive Director. “We are so fortunate to have these champions advocating for and strengthening public power communities across the state.”

FMEA is the statewide trade association representing Florida’s public power utilities. 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.

For more information on FMEA and Florida’s public power communities, please visit www.publicpower.com.