A weekly e-newsletter for FMPA members
Dec. 3, 2012
FMPA received Statements of Qualifications last Wednesday from 10 engineering firms for services related to replacing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) at FMPA’s Orlando office. An FMPA inteal work group is reviewing the firms’ qualifications and will rank the top three companies based on 1) work experience, 2) resumes of key personnel, and 3) approaches to project completion. FMPA plans to award the contract in January. Contact: Sharon Smeenk
2012 Hurricane Season
The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season ended last Friday, tied for the third busiest season on record. This year’s season produced 19 named storms, of which 10 became hurricanes and one became a major hurricane. The number of named storms is well above the average of 12. The number of hurricanes is also above the average of six, but the number of major hurricanes is below the average of three. Florida escaped being hit by a hurricane for a record seventh season, while less storm-prone areas such as New York, New Jersey, Newfoundland and the Azores were hit. Florida was hit by two tropical storms, Tropical Storm Beryl struck near Jacksonville and Tropical Storm Debby hit northwest Florida. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will release its pre-season outlook for the 2013 hurricane season in May.
ARP Telephonic Rate Workshop
The ARP Executive Committee meets Friday 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 November operations, loads, costs and rate calculations, and 3) estimated rates for December through February. Contact: Jim Atz
All-Requirements Project November Load Statistics
The All-Requirements Project’s peak for November was 755 MW, which occurred Nov. 12 between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. The project’s load factor for November was 74%. 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 87% of the budgeted peak, and energy was 96% of the budget. A graph showing the All-Requirements Project hourly load for November is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Jim Atz
Congratulations to Joe McKinney, who celebrates 12 years with FMPA on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
FMEA Board of Directors
The Florida Municipal Electric Association’s Board of Directors will meet Dec. 13 at 7:30 a.m. in FMPA’s Orlando office. Contact: Barry Moline
FMPA’s Audit and Risk Oversight Committee will meet Dec. 13 at 8:30 a.m. in the Board room. Contact: Rich Popp
Board of Directors
FMPA’s Board of Directors will meet Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. in the Board room. Contact: Nick Guarriello
ARP Executive Committee
The ARP Executive Committee will meet Dec. 13 at 10:30 a.m. in the Board room. Contact: Nick Guarriello
Joint Purchase Project
FMPA’s Joint Purchase Project meeting scheduled for Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. has been cancelled. Contact: Sharon Samuels
FMPA’s annual Purchasing Roundtable is scheduled for Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room. The roundtable provides a forum for purchasing personnel to discuss work procedures and policies, industry changes, equipment and other topics of interest. Attendance is free and lunch will be provided. The deadline to http://www.fmpa.com/index.php/component/registrationpro/?view=event&did=10>register; is Thursday. Contact: Sharon Samuels
Human Resources Roundtable
FMPA will host a Human Resources Roundtable on Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. in the Board room. The roundtable provides a forum for participants to discuss topics, such as benefits, recruiting, employee retention, training, policies and more. Lunch will be provided, and http://www.fmpa.com/index.php/component/registrationpro/?view=event&did=50>registration; is requested. Participation in the roundtable via teleconference will be available for those unable to attend in person. Contact: Sharon Smeenk
APPA Winter Education Institute
FMPA is co-hosting the American Public Power Association’s APPA’s” rel=”nofollow”>http://www.publicpower.org/WinterInstitute/index.cfm?ItemNumber=32858>APPA’s website for registration and additional program information.
Distribution Reliability Measurement Roundtable
FMPA will host a Distribution Reliability Measurement Program Roundtable on Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. The roundtable provides a forum for participants to discuss topics including: reporting process, definitions and interpretations, best practices and more. Attendance is free and lunch will be provided. http://www.fmpa.com/index.php/component/registrationpro/?view=event&did=51>Registration; is requested. Contact: Sharon Smeenk
PSC Approves Nuclear Cost Recovery for Progress Energy Florida and FPL
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) last Monday unanimously approved the recovery of $151 million in nuclear project costs for Florida Power & Light (FPL) and $143 million in costs for Progress Energy Florida. During the rate hearing, commissioners agreed with PSC staff that FPL’s plan to build two new units at its Turkey Point plant remains feasible, as does Progress’ plan to build two nuclear units in Levy County. Neither utility has committed to building the units, although both are pursuing combined construction and operating licenses from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The PSC also continued to support FPL’s uprate project, which will increase the total capacity of its four existing nuclear units—two at Turkey Point and two at St. Lucie—by at least 490 MW. The approvals will result in an additional $1.69 per month charge for an FPL residential customer using 1,000 kWh per month and a $4.79 per month charge for a Progress residential customer using 1,000 kWh per month. The charges will begin in January.
Duke Energy CEO to Step Down in Settlement over Merger Dispute
Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers will step down by the end of 2013 as part of a settlement with the North Carolina Utilities Commission that ends an investigation into the company’s merger with Progress Energy. The commission and Duke said Thursday the deal concludes an investigation into whether the utility misled the commission ahead of the merger approval. Hours after the merger was completed July 2, Duke’s board fired Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson, who was supposed to take over the combined company. It had promised to keep him in place throughout the 18-month process of merging the two companies. The commission and Attoey General Roy Cooper launched investigations that demanded several inteal documents and communications. The commission hired a former federal prosecutor to investigate whether Duke Energy executives and board members were telling regulators that Johnson would head the combined company while secretly arranging to fire him. A Cooper spokeswoman said the attoey general’s investigation will continue. Duke has not named a replacement CEO.
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