FMPA Weekly | July 29, 2013 | Member Edition


FMPA Weekly


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July 29, 2013





Cane Island Unit 4

Cane Island Unit 4 came back online last week after a maintenance outage to repair the generator. Contact: David Schumann


3 Phase Times

FMPA’s Power Resources Division recently published the June 2013 edition of 3 Phase Times. This monthly report provides information about the All-Requirements Project’s system peak, hourly loads, resource fuel mix, natural gas usage, natural gas pricing and more performance information. The report shows that in June, a total of 12 kW of new renewable power generation capacity was added in Green Cove Springs and Key West. The total renewable power generation capacity in All-Requirements cities is now 1,065 kW. For more information, download 3 Phase Times from the Member Portal. Contact: Tom Reedy


Members Share the Home Power Advantage

Fort Pierce Utilities Authority is spreading the word about the benefits of locally owned electric utilities by posting a link to>; on its website. The Home Power Advantage website was recently created by FMPA and the Florida Municipal Electric Association so electric customers can lea more about where their power comes from and why it matters. FMPA encourages all members to share the website and its messages with their customers. If you have shared the website or plan to, contact Diane Nelson.


Utilities Support Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Representatives of FMPA and Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) announced donations to Heavenly Hoofs Therapeutic Equestrian Center last Thursday. Heavenly Hoofs is a nonprofit organization based in Kissimmee, Fla., that provides equine-assisted therapy to enhance the mental, emotional and physical well-being of individuals with disabilities or life-threatening illnesses. FMPA employees donated $1,000 to help Heavenly Hoofs purchase equipment for its therapeutic riding program that will assist riders with disabilities. KUA recently donated $50,000 to purchase a hydraulic lift system for disabled clients and a pickup truck for Heavenly Hoofs’ Pony Express program. Pony Express makes equine therapy “house calls to children with serious illnesses or disabilities. A picture from the presentation is available on the Member Portal.





Interim Audit

FMPA’s independent auditors, Purvis Gray and Company, will be at FMPA’s Orlando office beginning Monday to conduct the interim audit. The interim audit helps prepare for FMPA’s annual audit, which takes place after the close of the fiscal year. The auditors will review financial information for the Agency and FMPA’s power supply projects. Contact: Rick Minch


Ocala Presentation

Nick Guarriello travels to Ocala on Tuesday to present the City Council with an update on FMPA and the All-Requirements Project. 


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 July 28. Contact: Jim Atz





ARP Telephonic Rate Workshop

The ARP Executive Committee will meet Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. via conference call for the monthly All-Requirements Project rate workshop. Contact: Jim Atz


Groundman Certificate Program

Electric Cities of Georgia will host a groundman certificate program Sept. 10 through Sept. 13 at the Adel Training Center in Adel, Ga. Course topics will include: 1) basic electricity, 2) truck set-up, 3) rigging, knots and ropes, 4) pole setting, 5) electrical system overview, 6) bucket truck rescue and more. Registration and program information are available on the Member Portal.


APPA Business & Financial Conference

Deadlines for the American Public Power Association’s website>website; for more information. 





PSC Nominations Narrowed to 11

The Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council announced a list last Wednesday of 11 nominees who will advance to the next stage of the commission’s selection process. The list included sitting commissioners Ronald Brise and Art Graham, whose terms expire in January 2014, and former lawmaker and Public Service Commissioner Ken Littlefield. Littlefield was appointed to the commission by former Gov. Jeb Bush in September 2006, but was replaced by former Gov. Charlie Crist in January 2007. The candidates will be interviewed by the nominating council Aug. 28 in Orlando. After the interviews, the list will be shortened to six candidates. Gov. Rick Scott is expected to make an appointment from that list. His appointments will then require confirmation by the Florida Senate.


Winter Park to Invest in Solar Energy

Winter Park city commissioners voted 3-2 last Monday to enter into a power purchase contract with Clean Footprint to build a 2.25 MW solar canopy at the city’s public works compound. The 4.4-acre canopy will cover the parking lot in front of the compound and provide 0.6% of the city’s electricity. Officials hope to begin construction in October and start operations in early 2014.



FMPA Weekly is published by FMPA for employees and goveing boards of FMPA member utilities. Questions or comments about this newsletter may be directed to Ryan Dumas or Allison Briggs in FMPA’s Public Relations Department.

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