FMPA Weekly | July 2, 2012 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly


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July 2, 2012




BP Contract Expires

FMPA’s four-year gas supply contract with British Petroleum (BP) expired Saturday, ending FMPA’s obligation to purchase 10,000 MMBtus per day. FMPA’s blended cost of natural gas is predicted to decrease by 17% from an estimated $4.31 per million Btus in June to $3.56 in July. Contact: Rich Popp


Facility Rating Service Meeting

FMPA’s Member Services staff met with representatives from Aerial Cartographers of America (ACA) last Wednesday to plan negotiations for facility rating services. FMPA is working on behalf of five member utilities and one non-member that are required by North American Electric Reliability standards to verify the field conditions of transmission facilities. The surveying and mapping services to be performed by ACA include: 1) aerial light-detection and ranging (LiDAR) testing, and 2) power line systems computer aided design and drafting. An analysis of these test measurements, outlining transmission line clearance to objects and other facility assessments, will be issued by ACA to the participating utilities in a final report. Contact: Mark McCain


Board of Directors Officer Nominees for 2012-2013

FMPA’s Nominating Committee released its recommendations last Wednesday for Board of Directors officers for 2012-2013. The Committee unanimously nominated Vince Ruano, Bushnell, as Chairman, Kevin McCarthy, Clewiston, as Vice Chairman, Bill Conrad, Newberry, as Treasurer and Lou Heandez, Key West, as Secretary. Each officer is willing to serve if elected. The vote will take place at the annual meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on July 27. Nominations for Board officers also can be accepted from the floor during this meeting.





Independence Day

FMPA’s offices will be closed Wednesday to celebrate Independence Day.

All-Requirements Project June Load Statistics

The All-Requirements Project’s peak for June was 1,153 MW, which occurred June 13 between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. The project’s load factor for June was 66%. 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 93% of the budgeted peak, and energy was 91% of the budget. A graph showing the All-Requirements Project hourly load for the month of June is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Jim Atz


Special Dates

Congratulations to Janet Davis, who celebrates 13 years with FMPA on Friday, July 6.




ARP Telephonic Rate Workshop

The ARP Executive Committee meets July 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, FST and liquidity, 2) an overview of June operations, loads, costs and rate calculations, and 3) estimated rates for July through September. Contact: Jim Atz


RFQ Deadline Extended

FMPA has extended the deadline to submit statements of qualification for an energy oxidation catalyst project at the Stock Island Generating Facility in Key West. The new deadline is July 10 at 5 p.m. Contact: Jim Hay


Board of Directors

FMPA’s Board of Directors will meet July 12 at 9 a.m. in the Board room to consider approving documents and activities related to financing for the St. Lucie and Stanton II projects. Dates for additional Board meetings regarding the financing process also will be discussed.


FMEA-FMPA Annual Conference

The 2012 FMEA-FMPA Annual Conference will be held July 24-27 at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Attendees will enjoy sessions like Comparing Energy Resources, led by Gordon Ettie, President of Energy Scienomic, who will discuss differences in energy sources from financial, environmental and safety perspectives. Conference break out sessions will include: 1) a legal seminar, 2) a policy-makers forum, and 3) a session on controlling costs and providing outstanding service. Visit order>order; last Thursday granting in part Seminole Electric Cooperative’s complaint against Florida Power & Light (FPL) for misapplying Energy Imbalance Service language in FPL’s Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT). FERC granted Seminole’s claim that FPL violated its OATT by misconstruing Schedule 4’s tier thresholds but rejected Seminole’s claim that FPL incorrectly apportioned penalties within the highest possible tier. FERC ordered FPL to refund Seminole the overcharges for its misapplication of imbalance charges and established a refund effective date of Oct. 20, 2009, approximately two years later than Seminole’s requested refund effective date of August 2007. FMPA is reviewing FERC’s decision for potential implications on other OATT services.



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