FMPA Weekly | Dec. 21, 2009 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly

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Dec. 21, 2009





Audit and Risk Oversight Committee

FMPA’s Audit and Risk Oversight Committee (AROC) met last Monday to conduct an exit interview with exteal auditor Purvis, Gray & Company. The AROC discussed the annual financial audit, Management Letter comments and management’s responses. Contact: Kristi Knight


ARP Business Model Working Group and CREAC

The All-Requirements Project Business Model Working Group and the Conservation and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (CREAC) held a joint meeting last Wednesday to discuss demand-side management. Participants determined that options for demand-side management should be evaluated as part of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), a collaborative process between FMPA staff and members. The next IRP will be completed in 2010, in time for the Agency’s next 10 Year Site Plan. Contact: Nick Guarriello


St. Lucie Project

Participants of the St. Lucie Project met last Wednesday to discuss two offers of credit to possibly be used toward future financing for the Project. Participants approved a commitment letter from PNC. Contact: Mark Larson


Economic Stimulus Work Group

Members of the Economic Stimulus Work Group met by conference call last Thursday to discuss the State of Florida’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants. FMPA provided members with draft templates to help with the preparation of individual grant applications. Interested members are encouraged to complete the necessary registrations with DUNS, CCR and In addition, members should begin identifying details for their grant projects. FMPA and FMEA will provide further support for the grant application process at a workshop Jan. 7 (for more details, see the related story in the Coming Up section of this newsletter). Contact: Sharon Smeenk


Solar Photovoltaic Demonstration Center Update

FMPA and its partners began construction last week of a solar photovoltaic demonstration center in Key West, Fla. Jim Hay spent the week on site at the Eco-Discovery Center to monitor construction. Advanced Roofing completed installation of the solar panels and is finishing installation of the panel wiring. The company is scheduled to perform final tests on the equipment Dec. 23. FMPA has contracted with the Florida Solar Energy Center to perform an acceptance test to verify the system installation and operation. The test will be performed in January. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


Controller Candidate Interviews

Mark Larson interviewed one candidate for controller last week. Recruitment and interviews for the position will resume in January.


Financing Demonstration

FMPA participated in a financing demonstration with investment bank Morgan Keegan last week. Contact: Janet Davis





Holiday Office Closures

FMPA’s offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Christmas holiday. Best wishes to all for a safe and happy holiday.


CR3 Outage Update

A repair team continued work last week to determine the root cause of cracks in the containment building of Crystal River Unit 3. The team plans to complete an engineering analysis in time to begin physical repairs in mid-January. Contractors on the steam turbine project will complete their work with the testing of power uprate components in late-December. Weld testing on the steam generator replacement indicated that a number of welds will require rework. Consequently, installation of the steam generator will be delayed into January. A new on-line date for the unit will be determined once containment building repair teams complete the engineering analysis in January. Contact: David Schumann


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