KISSIMMEE, Fla., July 16, 2009 – Members of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) on Thursday elected Kissimmee Utility Authority vice president and general counsel Arthur J. “Grant” Lacerte, Jr. as secretary-treasurer of the association’s board of directors.
Lacerte has more than 18 years of experience in public utility, regulatory and legislative practice, including serving as attorney advisor to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, DC.
Lacerte is a frequent speaker at national conferences on topics including ethics, municipal entry into the broadband industry, patent law development and the impact of health pandemics on utilities.
FMEA in 2005 awarded Lacerte its Member of the Year award for his work in drafting legislation to govern Florida’s municipal broadband industry.
Lacerte serves as chair-elect of Family Services of Metro Orlando, an organization that oversees the management of services provided to abused and neglected children, under the auspices of the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Lacerte holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in New York, N.Y. and a J.D. degree from Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
Other officers appointed to the FMEA board include president Ed Regan from Gainesville Regional Utilities; president-elect Paul Kalv from the city of Leesburg, and vice president Howard McKinnon from the town of Havana.
FMEA (www.publicpower.com) represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state which provide electricity to nearly three million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 62,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent