The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recently recognized excellence in Florida public power by announcing the winners of the FMEA Safety Awards.

FMEA recognizes and rewards safe operations through its annual Safety Awards. Utilities are placed into categories based on their total worker hours and rewarded for the most incident-free records. The incidence rate used to judge utilities was based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses compared to the total number of worker hours during 2023, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“We applaud each of these winners for creating safe working environments and cultivating a culture of safety so employees can safely and effectively get their jobs done,” said Amy Zubaly, FMEA Executive Director.

Utilities that received a Safety Award include:

Category A (0-59,999 man-hours)
City of Blountstown – Perfect Record
City of Chattahoochee – Perfect Record
City of Green Cove Springs – Perfect Record
Town of Havana – Perfect Record
City of Newberry – Perfect Record

Category B (60,000-199,999 man-hours)
New Smyrna Beach Utilities – Perfect Record
Fort Pierce Utilities Authority – Second Place
Ocala Electric Utility – Third Place

Category C (200,000-399,999 man-hours)
Keys Energy Services – Special Recognition

Category D (400,000-949,999 man-hours)
Gainesville Regional Utilities – First Place
Kissimmee Utility Authority – Second Place
Lakeland Electric – Third Place

Category E (950,000-2,499,999 man-hours)
Orlando Utilities Commission – Special Recognition

Category F (2,500,000 and greater man-hours)
JEA – Special Recognition

Florida’s public power utilities are locally owned, locally controlled and locally operated, which enables them to quickly respond to the needs of their communities. They are also regarded as being among the most reliable power providers in the state. For more information on FMEA and Florida’s public power communities, please visit