In recognition of his longstanding commitment and dedication to public power, Fred D. Clark, Jr., President & CEO, Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA), has been presented the W. Wendell Cauley Award by Electric Cities of Alabama (ECA).
Jonathan Hand, ECA Executive Director, and Bilee Cauley, the wife of the late Wendell Cauley, presented Clark with the prestigious award during the association’s 19th Annual Meeting and Governmental Affairs Conference this week. Named after longtime legal counsel and friend to ECA and public power, the W. Wendell Cauley Award is given each year to an individual who has contributed significantly to the success of ECA and continues to work for the success and advancement of public power.
Clark served as ECA’s first executive director from 1999 until 2006. During his tenure at ECA, he also established the Alabama Public Utilities Alliance, a state legislative monitoring service for Alabama’s pub- lic utilities. Over the past 25 years, Clark has been involved with energy policy development and advoca- cy.
ECA represents a coalition of 36 municipally-owned electric utilities that serve more than one million cus- tomers statewide.
AMEA, a joint action agency formed in 1981 and located in Montgomery, is the wholesale power provider for 11 public power utilities in Alabama, which serve some 350,000 customers in the cities of Alexander City, Dothan, Fairhope, Foley, LaFayette, Lanett, Luverne, Opelika, Piedmont, Sylacauga and Tuskegee.