FMPA Weekly | Aug. 5, 2013 | Member Edition


FMPA Weekly

A weekly e-newsletter for FMPA members


Aug. 5, 2013





FMPA Named a Top Company for Working Families

FMPA was named by the Orlando Sentinel as one of the Top 100 Companies for Working Families for 2013. The program recognizes companies that demonstrate a commitment to family and work-life balance. Companies are ranked based on core benefits, family-related benefits, work environment, communication and training. This is the second consecutive year FMPA has been named to the list. FMPA was ranked 12th of all companies with 249 or fewer employees. FMPA also congratulates Kissimmee Utility Authority and Orlando Utilities Commission, which were also named to the Top 100. A picture from the event is available on the Member Portal.





Meter Technician Certification Program

A steering committee of representatives from FMPA’s member cities meets Monday at 2 p.m. via conference call to discuss the creation of a meter technician certification program. Discussion topics include: 1) benefits and limitations of a group program under Florida Department of Education requirements, 2) meter technician job descriptions at participating utilities, and 3) next steps. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


ARP Telephonic Rate Workshop

The ARP Executive Committee meets Thursday 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 July operations, loads, costs and rate calculations, and 3) estimated rates for August through October. Contact: Jim Atz


All-Requirements Project Weekly Load Statistics

The weekly update of the All-Requirements Project historical load graph and the All-Requirements Project July load statistics will be posted Monday afteoon on the Member Portal. Contact: Jim Atz


Special Dates

Congratulations to Amanda Swindle, who celebrates two years with FMPA on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Congratulations to Brian Kosson, who celebrates seven years with FMPA on Wednesday, Aug. 7.





Audit and Risk Oversight Committee

FMPA’s Audit and Risk Oversight Committee will meet Aug. 22 at 8:30 a.m. in the Board room. Contact: Rich Popp


FMEA Energy Connections Conference

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) hosts its website>website; for more information.  





Duke Suspends Plans for Levy County Nuclear Plant

Duke Energy announced last Thursday it will suspend plans for a $24.7 billion nuclear power plant in Levy County, Fla. The company has already spent $1.5 billion on the plant, most of it collected from customers. The company cited regulatory uncertainty due to delays with Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reviews and changes in state law that cast doubt on whether a utility can collect money from customers for construction before a project is finished. The project was started by Progress Energy in 2008 and acquired by Duke when it merged with Progress last year. Duke said it would continue pursuing a license to build and operate the plant, but drop contracts for completing the engineering work, acquiring components and building the reactors. Duke also was informed last week that the NRC has postponed until 2016 its final hearing on plans to build two nuclear reactors in South Carolina, citing limited resources and changes to the construction plans. The NRC was originally scheduled to hold a final hearing last March.



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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