FMPA Weekly | Jan. 21, 2014 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly


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Jan. 21, 2014





NERC Member Representative Committee

Carol Chinn was elected to a two-year team on the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Member Representatives Committee (MRC) representing state and municipal utilities. Carol will complete a term as MRC Chairman in February. The MRC elects NERC’s Board of Directors, votes on amendments to NERC bylaws, and provides advice and recommendations to the Board. Carol’s term runs through February 2016.


Leesburg Appoints New Representatives

Leesburg appointed new representatives to FMPA’s goveing boards last week, naming Interim Electric Director Patrick Foster as the city’s Board of Directors and ARP Executive Committee representative. Patrick replaces former Electric Director Paul Kalv, who retired last Tuesday. New City Manager Al Minner will serve as the city’s alteate representative. Contact: Nick Guarriello





Nominating Committee

FMPA’s Nominating Committee meets Tuesday at 1 p.m. via conference call to discuss recommendations for the Board of Directors’ Vice Chair position. Contact: Nick Guarriello


Welcome, Carl

Please welcome Carl Tuer, FMPA’s new Electric Asset Manager, to the staff on Tuesday. Carl comes to FMPA from SAIC, where he served as Project Manager. Prior to moving to Orlando in 2006, he served as Electrical Engineer in R.W. Beck’s Framingham, Mass., office. He also served as Electrical Engineer at First Energy, where he completed his electrical engineering co-op. Carl has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toledo.


Policy Makers Liaisons Committee

FMPA’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee meets Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the first floor conference room to discuss information items including: 1) important electric issues in members’ communities, 2) a Member Services update, 3) potential state and federal legislative issues related to electric utilities, and 4) cyber security. Lunch will be served at noon. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Mark McCain


Audit and Risk Oversight Committee

The Audit and Risk Oversight Committee meets Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the Board room to review and recommend FMPA’s fiscal 2013 annual audited financial report to the Board of Directors and the ARP Executive Committee. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Rich Popp


Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meets Thursday in the Board room at 9:30 a.m. or immediately following the Audit and Risk Oversight Committee meeting to discuss: 1) approval of FMPA’s fiscal 2013 annual audited financial report, and 2) nominations for the Vice Chair position. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Nick Guarriello


ARP Executive Committee

The All-Requirements Project Executive Committee meets Thursday in the Board room at 10 a.m. or immediately following the Board of Directors meeting to discuss: 1) approval of FMPA’s fiscal 2013 annual audited financial report, and 2) approval of an Agency budget amendment. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Nick Guarriello


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 Jan. 20. Contact: Jim Atz


Special Dates

Congratulations to Hector Mesa, who celebrates six years with FMPA on Tuesday, Jan 21.


Congratulations to Susan Schumann, who celebrates 16 years with FMPA on Sunday, Jan. 26.





Pole Attachment Workshop

FMPA will host a Pole Attachment Workshop on Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. FMPA’s Legal Department will discuss model Joint Use and Pole Attachment Agreements developed for members and provide guidance for updating or implementing those agreements. Electric Cities of Georgia (EGC) will also discuss its Pole Attachment Service and share best practices. Attendance is free, and lunch will be requested.>Registration; is requested. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


Distribution Reliability Roundtable

FMPA will host a Distribution Reliability Measurement Roundtable on March 5 at 10 a.m. The roundtable provides a forum for participants to discuss topics including: reporting process, definitions and interpretations, best practices, and more. Attendance is free, and lunch will be provided.>Registration; is requested. Contact: Sharon Smeenk





OMB Criticized EPA’s Proposed Greenhouse Gas Standard

A newly released memo shows the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) disagreed with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) assertion that use of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) on commercial-scale power plants has been “adequately demonstrated. The Aug. 19 OMB memo was released in conjunction with EPA’s Jan. 8 re-proposal of greenhouse gas standards for new fossil fuel-fired power plants, which is based on EPA’s conclusion that CCS has been adequately demonstrated. CCS is technically feasible, but it has not been deployed at scale in commercial power plants, OMB said. Demonstration projects “will be necessary in a number of operating environments in order to reach the technical potential and the cost targets contemplated in the rule, and to demonstrate storage in saline aquifers. OMB expressed conce “that the unsupported assertions of technology as ‘adequately demonstrated’ in this rulemaking will form a precedent for future such determinations, even if the three CCS projects used as the basis for the determination fail or are never completed. OMB urged EPA to revise language in the proposed rule. EPA responded that it “believes that the evidence supports the finding that implementation of CCS technology to meet the proposed standard is technically feasible. EPA added that it would review the proposed rule to ensure it had not misrepresented any costs.



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