Utilities are inherently organizations that require strong, stable, and forward-looking leadership. To balance the myriad of goals, the plethora of stakeholders, and the rapidly evolving landscape in which they operate, the CEOs in our power sector may not have the most enviable job, but they are undoubtedly critical. No doubt, JEA (Florida's largest community-owned utility) has faced its fair share of challenges in recent years, and a key reason the company finds itself on the upswing now is because of the leadership provided by its CEO, Jay Stowe.
As the guest on this episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast, Jay shares his experience being brought into the CEO role at JEA to guide the ship through choppy waters. Through that experience, Jay can boast about the transformative steps taken to restore trust and align with the community's aspirations. As Florida races against time to meet its sustainability goals, Jay shares how JEA's Integrated Resource Plan aims to balance affordability, sustainability, and reliability for over half a million customers. Jay notes:
"How can we be reliable, resilient, affordable, sustainable? Some of these are pulling us in different directions. But as a community owned utility, we have to keep all of our customers in mind when we're making these decisions. And so through the IRP process, one of the key points that we remind our stakeholders of is that we were operating to choose the least cost option for our customers. Because their utility bill for many of them, may be the second-highest bill that they pay each month. We work hard to manage our costs. And we've started tracking the full utility cost of some of the other areas of Florida. We have the lowest bill for an average customer when compared to those other metro areas. And so that may not always be the case, because there's a competing interest across all of these markets. But we're pleased to be able to manage our cost as efficiently as we can, and as best we can. And then we work with customers who do need help with other non-profit agencies in the community to help support them. We have weatherization programs, and energy efficiency programs. And so the balance of focusing on economic development and helping those that need it the most is what our 2000 employees do every day."
This entry into the podcasts, 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 (where we also feature a written transcription if you'd prefer to read). Give it a listen and share your reaction in the comments.
Episode #138: JEA's Blueprint: Community Trust, Clean Energy, and the Road to 2030 with Jay Stowe, CEO of JEA [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]
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