FMPA Weekly | Aug. 12, 2013 | Member Edition


FMPA Weekly


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Aug. 12, 2013





ARP Conservation Program Quarterly Report

The All-Requirements Project’s (ARP) Conservation Program published its third quarter report for fiscal 2013. The report indicates that between April 1 and June 30: 1) ARP participants spent $179,684 on energy-saving measures for their customers, and 2) the energy saving measures have the potential to save customers nearly 2.3 million kWh per year and 20,134 MWh over the life of the measures taken. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


All-Requirements Project July Load Statistics  

The All-Requirements Project’s peak for July was 1,155 MW, which occurred July 30 between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The project’s load factor for July was 68%. 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 95% of the budgeted peak, and energy was 96% of the budget. A graph showing the All-Requirements Project hourly load for the month of July is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Jim Atz





Member City Visits

Nick Guarriello and Bud Boudreaux travel to Lakeland on Wednesday for a member city visit with Lakeland Electric General Manager Joel Ivy. On Friday, they travel to Winter Park to meet with Electric Utility Director Jerry Warren and Assistant Director Terry Hotard.


Transmission Adequacy and Reliability Assessment Software

FMPA is coordinating an annual license lease with PowerGEM for Transmission Adequacy and Reliability Assessment software beginning January 2014. The software will identify and analyze transmission bottlenecks and evaluate how generating resources compete for transmission resources. Based on linear and full AC power flow, it will provide overload and voltage analysis for engineering needs in competitive markets. Software licenses will be available to member cities’ planning departments. Contact Sharon Samuels if you are interested.


Substation and Generating Station Maintenance

FMPA is preparing a joint invitation to bid for services related to the inspection, maintenance and testing requirements for power distribution equipment in substations and generating facilities. The agreement would be for one year with two one-year extension opportunities. FMPA members are invited to participate. Contact Sharon Samuels by Aug. 19 if you are interested.


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 Aug. 11. Contact: Jim Atz


Special Dates 

Congratulations to Sharon Adams, who celebrates 12 years with FMPA on Tuesday, Aug. 13.


Congratulations to Rattanak Srun, who celebrates one year with FMPA on Tuesday, Aug. 13.





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


Board of Directors

FMPA’s Board of Directors will hold a special-called meeting on Aug. 22 in the Board room at 9:30 a.m. or immediately following the Audit and Risk Oversight Committee meeting. Contact: Nick Guarriello


ARP Executive Committee

The ARP Executive Committee will meet Aug. 22 in the Board room at 10 a.m. or immediately following the Board of Directors meeting. Contact: Nick Guarriello





PSC Defers Duke’s Nuclear Cost Recovery, Passes Rate Hike

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a motion last Monday granting Duke Energy Florida’s motion to defer its 2013 Nuclear Cost Recovery Clause proceeding to next year. As part of the agreement, commissioners approved a rate increase for Duke customers to help pay for the Crystal River nuclear plant in addition to a charge for the suspended Levy County nuclear plant. Beginning January 2014, residential customer using 1,000 kWh per month will pay $5.62 in nuclear charges. This breaks down to $2.17 for the canceled Crystal River Unit 3 uprate project, which would last up to seven years, and $3.45 for the Levy project, which could last another two or three years. PSC commissioners also approved an administrative stipulation for Florida Power & Light that, in part, reduces the company’s recovery request by $1.6 million.


US Wind Energy Hits Record Highs

Wind energy became the number one source of new U.S. electricity generation capacity in 2012, representing 43% of all new generation, according to two reports released Aug. 6 by the Department of Energy (DOE). The United States continues to be one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing wind markets, according to the reports. However, future growth is uncertain, as the federal production tax credit for wind energy is expected to expire at the end of this year, DOE said. Last year, more than 13 GW of new wind power capacity was added to the U.S. grid, nearly double the wind capacity deployed in 2011, DOE said. However, the 2012 Wind Technologies Market Report expects 2013 to be a slow year for new capacity additions, due to continued policy uncertainty and project development timelines. While the report notes that 2014 is expected to be stronger, as developers commission projects that will begin construction in 2013, it also notes that projections for 2015 and beyond are much less certain.



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