FMPA Weekly | June 1, 2010 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly

A weekly e-newsletter for FMPA members

June 1, 2010





ARP Executive Committee

FMPA’s ARP Executive Committee met last Thursday and approved action items, including: 1) renewal of the ARP conservation program and its fiscal 2011 budget, 2) development of a travel expense reimbursement policy for members to attend FMPA Executive Committee meetings, committee meetings and select conferences, and 3) notice of termination of Fort Meade’s St. Lucie capacity and energy sales contract to All-Requirements and the addition of St. Lucie as an excluded resource for Fort Meade. The Committee approved a motion to maintain the past practices when running generating units out of economics but asked staff to continue monitoring the situation. The Committee also directed staff to schedule a meeting between the Executive Committee and the Lake Worth City Commission to discuss payments for natural gas transportation.


Nominating Committee

FMPA’s Nominating Committee met last Thursday to discuss officer nominations for 2010-2011. Nominations will be announced in June. Contact: Sue Utley


Member Relations Survey

FMPA announced the results of the 2010 Member Relations Survey last week. The Member Relations Survey has been conducted since 2000 to provide an objective way of measuring member-staff relations over time, and the survey was approved by members as a Strategic Plan action item. The survey measures the member-staff relationship through a set of six relationships indicators and asks open-ended questions to solicit suggestions for improvement. The complete report can be downloaded from the Member Portal. Results of the survey are described in an Executive Summary, beginning on page six of the report, and suggested actions for FMPA management are listed on pages eight and nine. We encourage you to review the complete survey report and contact us with any questions or comments. Special thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s survey process. Contact: Diane Nelson


Cane Island Tour

The ARP Business Model Working Group visited Cane Island Power Park last Wednesday to tour the facility and view construction progress on Unit 4. The tour was well attended by members. Photos of the event can be viewed on the Member Portal.


Integra-T User Group

FMPA’s Treasury Department is establishing a users group for municipal utilities using Integra-T, a treasury software program. The users group will be a forum to discuss user issues, as well as an opportunity to jointly approach the software developer for support and enhancements to the program. Orlando Utilities Commission and JEA have expressed interest in joining the group. Other utilities interested in joining should contact Janet Davis.


Member City Visits

Bud Boudreaux visited Bushnell and Williston last Tuesday and Friday. Bud will visit Starke on Wednesday and Wauchula and Bartow on Thursday.


Accounting Procedure Documentation

FMPA’s Accounting Department has begun documenting the Department’s procedures. Documentation will be an ongoing process to record the collective knowledge of the Department and lay a foundation for analyzing key controls. Contact: Rick Minch





AEGIS Visits Cane Island

Rich Popp and KUA’s Jay Butters meet Tuesday with builder’s risk insurance provider AEGIS for the first of three scheduled visits at Cane Island Unit 4.


Storm Recovery Services Available

The Atlantic hurricane season begins Tuesday, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts the season to be>;. Feel free to share this link with the appropriate person in your organization to answer questions on these topics. Contact: Mike Siefert


Member Portal Spotlight: Three Phase Times

FMPA’s Power Resources Division published the latest issue of Three Phase Times last week on the Member Portal. It includes information on the All-Requirements Project’s (ARP) system peak, hourly load comparisons, resource fuel mix, natural gas usage by resource, Cane Island Unit 4 project milestones and budget, natural gas market pricing and other performance information for ARP. Contact: Tom Reedy


All-Requirements Project Load

The weekly update of the All-Requirements Project historical load graph will be posted later this week on the Member Portal. The graph will be updated through May 30. Contact: Jim Atz





ARP Rate Workshop

The Executive Committee meets June 8 via conference call at 2 p.m. for the monthly All-Requirements Project rate workshop. The workshop agenda includes: 1) an update on natural gas markets and liquidity, 2) an update on pool operations, 3) an overview of May loads, costs and rate calculations, and 4) estimated rates for July through August. Contact: Michelle Pisarri


Contractor Safety Management Workshop

FMPA hosts a Contractor Safety Management workshop June 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at FMPA. David Casavant of the Workplace Safety Awareness Council will teach participants about an easy-to-implement system for protecting organizations that hire contract workers. The system is based on best practices in the risk management and safety industries. The registration fee is $125 per person, and lunch will be provided.