FMPA Weekly | Nov. 19, 2012 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly


A weekly e-newsletter for FMPA members


Nov. 19, 2012





Policy Makers Liaisons Committee

FMPA’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee met last Wednesday and discussed: 1) 2012 election results, 2) a legislative outreach project, 3) Ten-Year Site Plans for Florida’s electric utilities, and 4) electric issues in committee members’ communities. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Mark McCain


ARP Executive Committee

The ARP Executive Committee met last Thursday and approved an amendment to the fiscal 2013 Agency budget. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Nick Guarriello


Progress Energy 2012 OATT Annual Update

FMPA continues to evaluate Progress Energy Florida’s 2012 annual transmission rate update filed in May with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The purpose of the update is to reconcile actual costs with revenues received pursuant to Progress’ formula rate for wholesale transmission service for the 2011 calendar year. The annual update also establishes an adjusted rate for the 12-month period starting June 1, 2012. FMPA purchases transmission service from Progress to serve the load of FMPA members located in Progress’ balancing authority area. Progress’ transmission rate increased 20% in 2012 from $1,780 per MW to $2,135 per MW. To date, both FMPA and Progress have found errors in Progress’ calculations resulting in two changes to the current rate. Contact: Michele Jackson





Member City Visit

Bud Boudreaux travels to Starke on Monday for a member city visit with City Operations Manager Marc Oody and Policy Maker Liaisons Committee Chairman Scott Roberts


Cane Island Unit 3

Cane Island Unit 3’s scheduled maintenance outage has been extended to late-January due to a delay in the retu of parts and equipment that were shipped to General Electric repair facilities in Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Houston. Unit 3 was taken offline Oct. 20 and was scheduled to retu to service in early December. Repair times during the fall and spring are occasionally extended due to the high demand at repair facilities during these outage seasons. Contact: David Schumann


Energy Oxidation Catalyst Project

FMPA is reviewing bids this week for the Oxidation Catalyst Project at the Stock Island Generating Facility in Key West. Bidders are being contacted for questions, clarifications and to discuss feasibility. The project is required for environmental regulation and will include: 1) installing oxidation catalyst and associated piping, 2) installing instrumentation and monitoring equipment, and 3) conducting air emissions compliance testing. Construction is scheduled to begin in early-January and be completed in February. Contact: David Schumann


Holiday Office Closure

FMPA’s offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Have a safe and happy holiday!


All-Requirements Project Weekly Load Statistics

The weekly update of the All-Requirements Project historical load graph has been posted on the Member Portal. The graph is updated through Nov. 18. Contact: Jim Atz





Audit and Risk Oversight Committee

FMPA’s Audit and Risk Oversight Committee will meet Dec. 13 in the Board room. Contact: Rich Popp


Board of Directors

FMPA’s Board of Directors will meet Dec. 13 in the Board room. Contact: Nick Guarriello


ARP Executive Committee

The ARP Executive committee will meet Dec. 13 in the Board room. Contact: Nick Guarriello


Joint Purchase Project

FMPA’s Joint Purchase Project meets Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. in the first-floor conference room. Contact: Sharon Samuels





Appeals Court Says PSC Can Consider FPL Rate Case

An appeals court has rejected an effort to block the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) from considering a proposed settlement agreement in a rate case filed by Florida Power & Light (FPL). The 1st District Court of Appeals last Thursday denied a petition filed by the Office of Public Counsel that opposed the proposed settlement between FPL and groups representing industrial, health care and federal govement electric customers. The settlement would increase base rates for FPL customers by $378 million in 2013 and allow FPL to collect additional money in the coming years to cover costs related to new power plants. The Office of Public Counsel last month asked the Florida Supreme Court to block consideration of the settlement proposal. Earlier Thursday, the Supreme Court transferred the dispute to the appeals court with instructions to expedite consideration because the case is time-sensitive. A three-judge panel for the appeals court issued the opinion Thursday but did not provide a reason for denying the petition.



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