FMPA Weekly | Nov. 12, 2012 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly

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Nov. 12, 2012





Mike McCleary Resigns from ECG

FMPA was notified last week that Electric Cities of Georgia’s (ECG) Training and Safety Specialist Mike McCleary has accepted a position with Ocala Utility Services. Mike worked at ECG for three years, traveling to many of Florida’s municipal utilities from the Panhandle to Key West for safety meetings. ECG’s Training & Safety Specialist Team will continue to hold regular meetings with the cities affected by this change until the position is filled. We thank Mike for the work he has done providing programs that help utility lineworkers stay safe. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


Cane Island Unit 3

Routine maintenance on Cane Island Unit 3 continued last week. Unit 3 was taken offline on Oct. 20 for a scheduled outage to: 1) perform a hot-gas-path inspection of the gas turbine, 2) inspect the steam turbine, and 3) update the control system hardware and software. This is the first time that the steam turbine has been disassembled for inspection and the first update to the unit’s control system since the unit came online in 2002. Unit 3 is scheduled back online in December. Contact: David Schumann


FMPA Raises $11,029.50 for United Way

FMPA recently wrapped up its 2012 United Way Workplace Giving Campaign with employees pledging $11,029.50. The Heart of Florida United Way’s annual campaign helps fund 68 local health and human service programs through 46 community agencies. Our contributions will help build safer neighborhoods, develop healthy children and families, and alleviate hunger and homelessness in the tri-county area.


Finance Meetings

Mark Larson and Janet Davis met with Craig Dunlap, FMPA’s financial advisor, last Thursday to discuss responses to a Request for Proposals for bank loans that could be used to refinance auction rate securities in the St. Lucie and Stanton II projects.






Member City Visit

Bud Boudreaux travels to Green Cove Springs on Tuesday for a member city visit with Electric Utility Director Gregg Griffin and Policy Maker Liaisons Committee member Ray Braley.


Certified Utility Safety Professional Review

FMPA hosts a Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) review course Tuesday and Wednesday in partnership with the Winter” rel=”nofollow”>>Winter Education Institute on Feb. 4 through Feb. 8 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee. The Winter Education Institute includes 14 in-depth training courses on topics including: 1) accounting, 2) financial planning, 3) customer service management, 4) work order and asset management, 5) cost of service and retail rate design, 6) constructing, operating and maintaining underground distribution systems, and 7) advanced topics in underground distribution systems. The institute also offers two technical courses for electric utility engineers, designers, technicians, construction/operations and skilled craft personnel, and a certification program for customer service personnel. Visit www.fmpa.com>;

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