FMPA Weekly | Aug. 1, 2011 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly


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Aug. 1, 2011





2011 FMEA-FMPA Annual Conference

The future of public power was center stage at the recent 2011 FMEA-FMPA Annual Conference. Topics at the conference ranged from smart grid technology and electric cars to natural gas and the future of energy. Participants also heard from national energy experts who offered their insights on what utilities can expect during the next few years. Presentations from this year’s conference are now available on invitations” rel=”nofollow”>>invitations to bid last week. The first bid is for the decommission and disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) fluids and PCB contaminated equipment and materials for the city of Homestead, city of Green Cove Springs and Beaches Energy Services. The deadline to submit a bid is Aug. 24 at 1:30 p.m. The second bid applies to services related to inspection, maintenance and testing requirements for electrical power delivery equipment located in electric power substations and generating facilities for the city of Clewiston and Beaches Energy Services. The deadline to submit a bid is Aug. 25 at 1:30 p.m. Contact: Sharon Samuels


CREAC Telephonic Meeting

FMPA’s Conservation and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (CREAC) met last Thursday via conference call to discuss two proposed renewable energy opportunities. The ARP Executive Committee has previously directed staff to only recommend renewable opportunities that are near the All-Requirements Project’s avoided cost. This policy guidance and the CREAC’s feedback last week will help guide staff as they continue discussions with the renewable project developers. Contact: Michele Jackson


ARP Quarterly Conservation Program Report

FMPA released the ARP Conservation Program Quarterly Report last Friday for the third quarter of fiscal 2011. All-Rpuequirements Project (ARP) participants spent $151,458 on energy-saving measures for their customers during the third quarter, bringing the total to $657,641 for the fiscal year to date. Thus far, the energy-saving measures provided by ARP member utilities have the potential to save customers more than four million kilowatt hours each year. Participants in the program will be reimbursed for their conservation expenditures within the next couple of weeks. Contact: Sharon Smeenk





Annual Report Kick-Off
FMPA’s Public Relations Department meets via conference call with graphic designers from Clarity Close this Tuesday to kick-off planning for FMPA’s fiscal 2011 Annual Report. Contact: Diane Nelson


Member City Visit

Bud Boudreaux travels to Lakeland this Wednesday to meet with Lakeland Electric General Manager Jim Stanfield for a member city visit.


All-Requirements Project Monthly Load Statistics

The All-Requirements Project’s peak for July was 1,215 MW, which occurred July 29 between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. The project’s load factor for July was 69%. Load factor is a ratio of actual energy (MWh) used during the period versus what would have been consumed if demand was at peak for the entire period. A higher load factor indicates more effective system utilization and results in lower average costs. The month’s peak was 98% of the budgeted peak, and energy was 100% of the budget. A graph showing the All-Requirements Project hourly load for July is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Jim Atz


Special Dates

Congratulations to Brian Kosson, who celebrates five years with FMPA on Sunday, Aug. 7.





ARP Telephonic Rate Workshop
The ARP Executive Committee meets Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. via conference call for the monthly All-Requirements Project rate workshop. The agenda includes: 1) an update on natural gas markets and liquidity, 2) an overview of July loads, costs and rate calculations, and 3) estimated rates for September through October. Contact: Jim Atz


Human Resources Roundtable

FMPA’s Human Resources Roundtable will meet Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Board room at FMPA’s Orlando office. Participants from FMPA member cities will discuss a variety of topics, such as benefits, recruiting, employee retention, training, policies and more. The roundtable will be available via teleconference. Lunch will be provided. The deadline to>register; is Aug. 16. Contact: Mike Siefert


Cane Island Unit 4 Dedication

Friday is the last day to RSVP for the Cane Island Unit 4 dedication ceremony. The ceremony will be held Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. at the plant site. Lunch and plant tours will be provided. Contact: Diane Nelson


ARP Executive Committee

The ARP Executive Committee will meet Aug. 25 at 9 a.m. in the Board room. Contact: Nick Guarriello


CR3 Participants’ Annual Meeting

The Crystal River Unit 3 participants’ annual meeting originally scheduled for this Tuesday has been rescheduled for Aug. 29. The meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the plant’s cafeteria/conference building. Lunch and a tour of the plant will be provided.


APPA Smart Grid Summit

The American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Smart Grid Summit will be held Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 in Orlando at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. The summit is an opportunity for utility personnel, as well as board members and city council members, to network and lea how to use smart grid technology in their communities. A wide variety of topics will be discussed, including cyber security issues, smart grid standards and regulations, data management, smart grid benefits and the importance of effective customer communication. In conjunction with the Smart Grid Summit, APPA will hold a course Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 on the new National Electrical Safety Code, as well as a NERC Compliance Plan Development Workshop on Nov. 16 and Nov. 17. The additional workshops will also be held at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. Additional summit information is available on final” rel=”nofollow”>>final rules on risk-based pricing regulations require creditors, including utilities, to include credit scores in notices to customers and mention that a credit score was used in making a credit decision. The final rules, published in the;


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