FMPA Weekly | Sept. 16, 2013 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly


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Sept. 16, 2013





Florida Gas Utility

Yaritza Velez and Liyuan Woeer traveled to Florida Gas Utility to review All-Requirements Project’s natural gas billings for fiscal 2013. Contact: Rich Popp





Strategic Planning Sessions

FMPA will email briefing books to the ARP Executive Committee and Board of Directors early this week in preparation for the strategic planning workshops on Sept. 24 and Sept. 25. The briefing books include results of the online surveys, and the Executive Committee’s package also includes industry trends and a competitive analysis. The purpose of the books is to share members’ thoughts in order to maximize time in the workshops. Contact: Mark McCain


CIP Evaluation Services RFP

FMPA issues on Monday a Help” rel=”nofollow”>>Help Now of Osceola as part of United Way’s Business” rel=”nofollow”>>Business & Financial Conference, which is scheduled for Sept. 22 through Sept. 25 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. FMPA and the Florida Municipal Electric Association are co-hosting the conference. Utility professionals who work in accounting and finance, customer accounting and services, human resources and training, information technology, and pricing and market analysis are encouraged to attend. Visit APPA’s>website; for more information.


Strategic Planning Sessions

The ARP Executive Committee will meet Sept. 24 and FMPA’s Board of Directors will meet Sept. 25 for strategic planning workshops. Both workshops will be held in the Board room. Contact: Nick Guarriello


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


Public Power Week
Public power utilities nationwide will celebrate Public Power Week on Oct. 6 through Oct. 12. This annual event is a great time for local utilities to reach out to citizens in their communities to communicate the unique benefits of public power. The
website>website; from FMPA and the Florida Municipal Electric Association is also a great tool. Visit APPA’s>website; for celebration ideas.


Energy Connections Conference

Oct. 4 is the pre-registration deadline for the Florida Municipal Electric Association’s (FMEA) website>website; for more information.


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


Upcoming Roundtables

FMPA’s semi-annual Energy Auditor Roundtable is scheduled for Nov. 14 at the Kissimmee Utility Authority. The Agency’s annual Purchasing Roundtable is scheduled for Dec. 5 at FMPA’s Orlando office. Contact: Sharon Samuels





PSC Approves TECO’s Base Rate Increase

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) unanimously approved last Wednesday Tampa Electric Co.’s (TECO) proposed base rate settlement effective Nov. 1. TECO originally requested a base rate increase of $10.41, but recently reached an agreement with consumer advocates for an increase of $5.67. The monthly bill for a typical residential customer using 1,000 kWh per month will increase from $102.58 to $108.25. The approval also allows TECO to increase monthly bills for typical residential customers by $1.09 in 2014 and by 46 cents in 2015. TECO is also requesting a fuel cost increase in January, which the PSC will consider by November. If approved, the monthly bill for a typical residential customer would increase by $1.27 to $109.52.



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