FMPA Weekly | April 15, 2013 | Member Edition


FMPA Weekly

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April 15, 2013





Financing Discussions

Members of FMPA’s Finance Department met last Wednesday with representatives from Morgan Stanley to discuss financial market conditions and FMPA’s upcoming finance transactions. Contact: Mark Larson


Public Gas Partners

Public Gas Partners (PGP) met via conference call last Friday to discuss the assignment of Lower Alabama Gas District’s (LG Gas) entitlements in Pools 1, 2 and 3 to the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia (MGAG). LA Gas is exiting PGP, and members have the option of joining MGAG in assuming its entitlements. Contact: Mark Larson





Policy Makers Liaisons Committee

The Policy Makers Liaisons Committee meets Wednesday in Gainesville for its quarterly business meeting and to tour the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center biomass power plant. Lunch will be served at noon. The meeting and tour begins at 1 p.m. RSVP to Sue Utley so that FMPA has an accurate count for lunch and the transportation needed to tour the plant. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Mark McCain


Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meets Thursday at 10 a.m. at Bushnell City Hall to discuss: 1) approval of the St. Lucie Declaration of Restrictive Covenants, and 2) appointment of a Nominating Committee. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Nick Guarriello


ARP Executive Committee

The All-Requirements Project Executive Committee meets Thursday at Bushnell City Hall at 10:30 a.m. or immediately following the Board of Directors meeting to discuss: 1) approval of increased spending authorization for Florida Keys import transmission improvements, 2) approval of renewing the ARP Conservation Program and funding level for fiscal 2014, 3) approval of a revised Debt Risk Management Policy, 4) approval of ARP Contract Schedule A administration determination for Crystal River Unit 3 as an excluded power supply resource, and 5) approval of increases to the ARP property insurance deductibles and to the self-insurance fund balance. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Nick Guarriello


2013 Florida Lineman Competition

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) hosts the 13th Annual Florida Lineman Competition Friday and Saturday in Jacksonville. More than 100 lineworkers are expected to compete. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in the apprentice and team categories. For the winner in each category, FMPA will contribute money toward travel expenses so the top apprentice and team can participate in the national competition. Visit registration>registration; is required. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


APPA Business & Financial Conference

FMPA and the Florida Municipal Electric Association are co-hosting the American Public Power Association’s website>website; for more information.





House Committee Approves Repeal of Nuclear Cost Recovery

The Florida House Energy and Utilities Subcommittee approved a bill (HB 7167) last Thursday that would overtu a 2006 law and prevent electric utilities from charging customers for the development of nuclear plants. The bill is similar to a Senate version (SB 1472) requiring that federal licenses be obtained for nuclear plants before costs for land acquisition, planning and construction can be collected. HB 7167 places a moratorium on new requests for nuclear cost recovery. Both bills will most likely be heard this week in their next committees of reference and be ready for floor action shortly thereafter. Florida’s investor-owned utilities opposed the bills.



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