FMPA Weekly | Jan. 11, 2010 | Member Edition


FMPA Weekly

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Jan. 11, 2010




Member Relations Survey

FMPA has kicked-off planning of its 2010 Member Relations Survey. The Member Relations Survey was previously known as FMPA’s Member Satisfaction Survey, but it was renamed this year to more accurately reflect its focus on measuring and enhancing the relationship between members and staff. As a member-owned organization, the relationship between members and staff is essential to our mutual success. In fact, the members designated “fostering a positive communication culture as one of five major strategic goals and approved conducting this survey as an action item to reach that goal. FMPA has conducted the survey every two years since 2000. We plan to ask questions in the 2010 survey that are similar to questions asked in previous surveys for comparative purposes. However, we are reviewing the survey questions for possible enhancements. If you have suggestions related to the questionnaire, please contact Diane Nelson as soon as possible. FMPA hopes to launch the survey in early-February.


Cane Island Unit 4 Heavy-Haul Delivery

Two 100-ton generator step-up transformers were transported to the Cane Island Power Park last Thursday and placed onto the foundation at the Unit 4 construction site.


Cold Weather Leads to High ARP Peak

The All-Requirements Project’s peak demand reached 1,408 megawatts in the hour between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11. This appears to be an all-time peak for the 14 current All-Requirements member systems. Additional analysis will be done later this week to verify if the peak is a record. The weekly update of the All-Requirements Project historical load graph has been posted on the Member Portal. The graph is updated through 9 a.m. on Jan. 11. A graph showing the All-Requirements Project hourly load for the month of December was also posted last week on the Member Portal. Contact: Jim Atz


St. Lucie Unit 2 Downpower

St. Lucie Unit 2 was running at 48% power early last Friday, down from full capacity early Thursday, reported Reuters. Unit 1 reportedly continued to run at full power. FMPA awaits more information from the plant’s operator, Florida Power and Light, on the cause of the reduction in power output.


ARP Rate Workshop

The ARP Executive Committee met last Friday via conference call for the monthly All-Requirements rate workshop. The workshop agenda package is now posted on the Member Portal. Contact: Jim Atz


Safety Training Program

The city of Blountstown recently joined FMPA’s safety training program. The program currently has 12 cities participating. Contact: Mike Siefert


PGP Audit Committee

The Audit Committee of Public Gas Partners (PGP) agreed to recommend that PGP’s Board of Directors renew the agency’s audit contract with Est & Young. The Audit Committee was very satisfied with Est & Young’s audit of PGP’s fiscal 2009 financials. Contact: Mark Larson




Solar Photovoltaic Demonstration Project Update

Representatives from the Florida Solar Energy Center will be in Key West, Fla., on Monday to verify the installation and operation of the new solar photovoltaic demonstration project. Also, representatives from FMPA, Keys Energy Services and the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center will meet by conference call on Tuesday to kick-off planning a dedication event for the project. Contact: Sharon Smeenk, Jim Hay or Diane Nelson


Peer Review

Representatives from FMPA, the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) and five municipal electric utilities visit Lake Worth this week to conduct a peer review of the city’s customer service operations. FMPA’s peer review program allows a municipal electric utility to request an independent review of its policies, procedures and practices in specific functional areas. The review is conducted by a group of subject-matter experts from municipal systems around Florida. Coordination between FMPA’s Member Services Department and FMEA is part of FMPA’s Strategic Plan. Contact: Mike Siefert.


Conservation Program Quarterly Reports

All-Requirements Project members are reminded to retu their quarterly reports to document ARP Conservation Program efforts between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31. Reports are due Friday. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


Member Portal Spotlight: Strategic Plan

One of FMPA’s most important documents, the Strategic Plan, is posted on the FMPA Member Portal for quick, convenient access any time. Review the Agency’s mission, vision and values statement, read the list of goals and strategies and look at the action plan to implement the Board’s strategies.





Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

FMPA’s offices will be closed next Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend.


New Training: Emission Standards for Inteal Combustion Engines

FMPA hosts a two-hour webinar Jan. 20 at 2 p.m., called “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Reciprocating Inteal Combustion Engines–Proposed Rule. The webinar, which will be led by a consultant from R.W. Beck, provides a regulatory update to operators of this type of generation. Contact: Mike Siefert




FERC Outlines 2010 Enforcement Priorities

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will focus its enforcement efforts this year on four areas: fraud and market manipulation; serious violations of reliability standards; anticompetitive conduct; and conduct that threatens transparency in regulated markets. Agency staff outlined the priorities in a www.ferc.gov>;.



FMPA Weekly is published by FMPA for employees and goveing boards of FMPA member utilities. Questions or comments about this newsletter may be directed to Skye Guthrie or Diane Nelson in FMPA’s Public Relations Department.


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