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Exploring the Keys to Keeping Power Prices Affordable in Today's Environment with Jacob Williams, CEO and General Manager of Florida Municipal Power Agency on the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast

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    Jacob Williams, CEO and GM of Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), joined the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast to discuss the current state of the utility sector in the Sunshine State, especially as the hot Florida summer approaches and brings with it higher power demand across all service areas. Utilities have not been immune to the tough economic conditions, as fuel prices continue to rise and show unpredictable volatility, but for most households and businesses they are unable to reasonably do anything about their energy budget beyond typical energy conservation practices.

    In his second appearance on the Power Perspectives Podcast, Jacob shares insights on the tools that utilities in Florida and across the country can use to manage their costs, bring affordable electricity to their customers, and ensure simultaneous goals of reliability and decarbonization aren't sacrificed in the meantime. For example, Jacob notes:

    The member cities have said they want to continually get better and more on a path to essentially have a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2027. So we're going to more than double the amount of solar we've already got contracted for the next three or four years. That'll get us to 5-7% of our energy from solar, but we're going to be very much tied to natural gas and the gas units become all that more critical. We're going to retire two coal units in Orlando in 2025 and 2027. We're third owners in those facilities. We're replacing that capacity that goes away with natural gas capacity just because it can be responsive. So even as we add solar, we need the backup sources still in place, especially on a cold winter morning.

    This entry into the podcast, like all of the series episodes, can be found on all major podcast outlets, including iTunes and Spotify, or it can be listened to directly on the Energy Central platform. Give it a listen and share your reaction in the comments.

    Episode #86: 'Keeping Electricity Affordable Among High Energy Costs' With Jacob Williams, CEO and General Manager of FMPA [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]

    About Energy Central Podcast Series:

    The ‘Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast’ features conversations with thought leaders in the utility sector. At least twice monthly, we connect with an Energy Central Power Industry Network community member to discuss compelling topics that impact professionals who work in the power industry. Some podcasts may be a continuation of thought-provoking posts or discussions started in the community or with an industry leader that is interested in sharing their expertise and doing a deeper dive into hot topics or issues relevant to the industry.

    The ‘Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast’ is the premiere podcast series from Energy Central, a Power Industry Network of Communities built specifically for professionals in the electric power industry and a place where professionals can share, learn, and connect in a collaborative environment. Supported by leading industry organizations, our mission is to help global power industry professionals work better. Since 1995, we’ve been a trusted news and information source for professionals working in the power industry, and today our managed communities are a place for lively discussions, debates, and analysis to take place. If you’re not yet a member, visit to register for free and join over 200,000 of your peers working in the power industry.

    The Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast is hosted by Jason Price, Community Ambassador of Energy Central. Jason is a Business Development Executive at West Monroe, working in the East Coast Energy and Utilities Group. Jason is joined in the podcast booth by the producer of the podcast, Matt Chester, who is also the Community Manager of Energy Central and energy analyst/independent consultant in energy policy, markets, and technology.

    If you want to be a guest on a future episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast, let us know! We'll be pulling guests from our community members who submit engaging content that gets our community talking, and perhaps that next guest will be you! Likewise, if you see an article submitted by a fellow Energy Central community member that you'd like to hear about in more detail, feel free to send us a note to nominate them. To contact us, email Podcast interviews are free for Expert Members and professionals who work for a utility. We have package offers available for solution providers and vendors.


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