A weekly e-newsletter for FMPA members
Feb. 21, 2011
Cane Island Unit 4
High pressure and low pressure stem blows at Cane Island Unit 4 were successfully completed last week. Testing was subsequently suspended to correct some issues and is scheduled to resume on Monday at the earliest or Thursday at the latest. Contact: David Schumann
2012 Budget Preparation
Planning for the fiscal 2012 budget began last week. Nick Guarriello has approved a calendar detailing events leading up to approval of the fiscal 2012 budgets in July. Agency budget inputs are due from FMPA managers by Feb. 25. Contact: Mark Larson
Member City Visit
Bud Boudreaux and Nick Guarriello traveled to New Smya Beach last Friday for a member city visit.
IT Staff Recognized by FMPA Member
The city of Bushnell sent a letter to FMPA last week praising the assistance of Manny Santos and Carter Manucy in developing a new website for the city. Manny and Carter made suggestions on the development and implementation of the website, which was created at minimal cost to the city.
CR3 Outage Update
Tendon re-tensioning modeling continues at Crystal River Unit 3. Crews are 39% complete with re-tensioning.
Energy Depot Users Group
FMPA hosts a user’s group meeting for the Energy Depot Online Energy Audit Program this Tuesday at 10 a.m. in FMPA’s Orlando office. Paul Conlan, President and CEO of software provider Enercom, will attend to discuss the program. Members will have the opportunity to ask questions, make suggestions and develop a line of communication with the software provider and other users. FMPA encourages each city that uses Energy Depot to have a representative at the meeting. If you are unable to attend in person but would like to participate by phone, contact Sharon Samuels or Mike Siefert for the teleconference information.
Member City Visits
Bud Boudreaux and Fred Bryant travel to Leesburg on Tuesday to meet with Paul Kalv and Mayor Bill Polk. On Wednesday, they visit Claston Sunanon at Orlando Utilities Commission. Nick Guarriello travels to Green Cove Springs on Tuesday for a meeting with City Manager Danielle Judd.
Mark McCain travels to Tallahassee on Wednesday to meet with state legislators prior to the legislative session, which begins March 8. Bill Peebles, FMPA’s state lobbyist, will join Mark at the meetings.
FMPA Members Celebrate 33 Years of Working Together
More than three decades ago, Florida’s municipal electric utilities had a vision of working together to coordinate the power supply needs of their cities. On Feb. 24, 1978, that vision became a reality when the first official FMPA meeting was held. The 33rd anniversary of that meeting will be recognized Thursday at the ARP Executive Committee meeting.
ARP Executive Committee
FMPA’s ARP Executive Committee meets Thursday at 9 a.m. in the Board room to consider action items, including: 1) approval of a design contract for Cane Island special protection system, and 2) approval of alteative fixed cost allocators and demand rate structure alteatives. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal.
Rating Agency Visit
Dan Aschenbach and Kevin Rose of Moody’s Investors Service visit FMPA this Friday. Dan and Kevin will meet with FMPA staff for an update on the Agency and its members. Contact: Mark Larson
St. Lucie Unit 2 Outage Extended
A planned maintenance outage underway at St. Lucie Unit 2 will be extended probably until April 3. The unit had been expected to retu to service March 8, but a newly discovered repair needed for the generator stator means the outage is projected to last longer based on the current schedule. Contact: David Schumann
Enterprise Content Management
FMPA’s IT Steering Committee has been meeting with software vendors to investigate enterprise content management systems. A content management system could assist FMPA in four key areas: 1) document management, 2) records management and retention, 3) work flow management, and 4) e-mail archiving. The committee is scheduled to meet with one of the last vendors this Friday. The next step is to short-list vendors and conduct an in-depth analysis of each before making a recommendation. Contact: Carter Manucy
All-Requirements Project Load
The weekly update of the All-Requirements Project historical load graph has been posted on the Member Portal. The graph is updated through Feb. 20. Contact: Jim Atz
APPA Legislative Rally
Nick Guarriello, Fred Bryant, Mark McCain and representatives from 16 of Florida’s municipal electric utilities will attend the APPA Legislative Rally in Washington, D.C., from Feb. 28 through March 3. While in the nation’s capitol, they will meet with members of Congress to discuss energy and environmental issues. FMPA will host a reception March 2 for its members, Florida’s Congressional Representatives and their staff.
JEA Buys Option for Nuclear Plant
JEA has agreed to pay $7.5 million for an option to purchase from 5% up to 20% of a nuclear plant being developed by Duke Energy. If JEA decides to exercise the option on a share of the proposed 2,234 MW Lee Nuclear Station in South Carolina, the $7.5 million would be applied to the purchase price. Based on current estimates, a 20% share, approximately 447 MW, would cost approximately $2 billion. JEA will have 90 days to exercise its option after Duke receives a combined operating and construction license and notifies JEA that it is moving forward with the project. Duke expects to receive a license by 2013 and anticipates having the first of two reactors at the plant come online by 2020 or 2021. JEA’s board in August set a target of up to 30% of JEA energy requirements to be met with nuclear energy by 2030. JEA previously signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with MEAG Power to buy 206 MW of electricity from the 2,234-MW expansion of the Vogtle nuclear plant the Southe Co. proposes to build in Georgia. That plant is expected to come on line in 2018.
Progress Energy Won’t Finish New Nuclear Units Before 2020
Progress Energy has pushed back the scheduled completion of planned new nuclear units in Florida and North Carolina until after 2020, Chief Executive Officer William Johnson said. According to a Bloomberg report, “The timetable for those plants has slipped, Johnson said last Thursday at a Platts nuclear-energy conference in Rockville, Md. “They’re now 2020 or later. Progress remains “committed to nuclear expansion and may buy stakes in other reactor projects, said Johnson, whose company agreed last month to be bought by Duke Energy. The company’s own reactor construction plans will be “much more feasible after the merger because of the combined companies’ “much bigger balance sheet, he said. The cost of building a two-reactor nuclear plant is about $13 billion, Johnson said. Progress had “casual conversations with Scana Corp and Santee Cooper about taking a stake in the reactor project near Jenkinsville, S.C., Johnson said. Talks will get “more realistic when the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission grants a construction and operating license for the plant, he said.