FMPA Weekly | Sept. 9, 2013 | Member Edition


FMPA Weekly

A weekly e-newsletter for FMPA members


Sept. 9, 2013





Treasure Coast Energy Center

Treasure Coast Energy Center Unit 1 completed 175 days of continuous operation last Monday, which is the longest the unit has operated continuously since it entered service in May 2008. The unit was taken offline for a three-day scheduled maintenance outage. It has consistently exceeded performance expectations, operating 98% of the time it has been available for service and maintaining a forced outage factor of 0.5%. Contact: David Schumann


All-Requirements Project August Load Statistics

The All-Requirements Project’s peak for August was 1,223 MW, which occurred Aug. 14 between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The project’s load factor for August was 69%. 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 97% of the budgeted peak, and energy was 99% of the budget. A graph showing the All-Requirements Project hourly load for the month of August is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Jim Atz





ARP Telephonic Rate Workshop

The ARP Executive Committee meets Monday 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 August operations, loads, costs and rate calculations, and 3) estimated rates for September through November. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Jim Atz


Member City Visits

Bud Boudreaux and Nick Guarriello travel to Newberry on Tuesday to meet with Mayor Bill Conrad, City Manager Keith Ashby and Utility Director Blaine Suggs. On Wednesday, they travel to Gainesville Regional Utilities to meet with General Manager Bob Hunzinger.


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 Sept. 8. Contact: Jim Atz


Special Dates

Congratulations to Ann Beckwith, who celebrates 12 years with FMPA on Tuesday, Sept. 10.





Human Resources Roundtable

FMPA will host a Human Resources Roundtable on Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. at FMPA’s Orlando office. The roundtable provides a forum for participants to discuss topics such as benefits, recruiting, employee retention, training, policies and more.>Registration; is requested, and lunch will be provided. Participation in the roundtable via teleconference will be available for those unable to attend in person. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


Lineman’s Roundtable

FMPA’s semi-annual Lineman’s Roundtable is scheduled for Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. in Clewiston. The roundtable provides a forum for line crews to exchange ideas on operating practices, safety, training, tools, equipment and other common issues.>Registration; is requested, and lunch will be provided. Contact: Sharon Samuels





Duke and TECO File for Rate Increases in 2014

Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric Co. (TECO) have requested rate increases as part of the utilities’ annual filings of fuel cost projections with the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC). The monthly bill for Duke’s typical residential customer using 1,000 kWh per month is requested to increase in January 2014 by $8.24, to $124.30. The monthly bill for TECO’s typical residential customer using 1,000 kWh per month is requested to increase by $1.27, to $103.85. The increases are due primarily to the anticipated rise in fuel prices. TECO is also requesting a base rate increase. TECO originally requested a base rate increase of $10.41 but reached an agreement with consumer advocates last Friday for a base rate increase of $5.67 beginning Nov. 1. If both the base rate and fuel cost increases are approved, the monthly bill of typical residential customers would increase to $109.52. The PSC will consider TECO’s base rate increase in late September and the proposed fuel cost increases by November.



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