FMPA Weekly | Feb. 24, 2014 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly

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Feb. 24, 2014






ARP Executive Committee

The All-Requirements Project Executive Committee met last Thursday and discussed information items including: 1) annual debt report, 2) hedging program update, 3) selection of an exteal auditor for fiscal 2014, 4) updates to excluded resources demand credits, and 5) hedge portfolio position update. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Nick Guarriello


Cane Island Unit 4

Cane Island Unit 4 came back online last Friday after a maintenance outage to repair the generator’s hydrogen seals on the combustion turbine. Contact: David Schumann


Treasure Coast Energy Center

Treasure Coast Energy Center Unit 1 was taken offline last Friday for a scheduled maintenance outage. Unit 1 is scheduled to come back online March 8. Contact: David Schumann







FMPA’s 36th Anniversary

Monday marks the 36th anniversary of FMPA’s first official meeting. Locally owned electric utilities in Florida met Feb. 24, 1978, to create an organization that would give customers the home power advantage of a local utility, backed by the resources of a statewide organization. More than three decades later, FMPA continues to help Florida’s home power utilities provide unique benefits to their customers, including: personal” rel=”nofollow”>>personal service, public” rel=”nofollow”>>public accountability. FMPA and the Florida Municipal Electric Association launched last July the Home Power Advantage http://www.homepoweradvantage/>website; to help cities promote the value of locally owned electric utilities. Members are encouraged to share this website with customers to help them understand the benefits of their home power utility. Contact: Mark McCain


Member Survey Deadline Extended

FMPA has extended the deadline for the biennial Board of Directors Member Relations Survey to encourage more responses. All Board members are urged to complete the survey as soon as possible. The seven-question survey should take less than five minutes to complete. A link to the online survey was emailed by Nick Guarriello to Board members. Survey results will be shared with members and staff in April. Contact: Mark McCain


Meter Technician Conference Call

A steering committee of representatives from FMPA’s member cities meets Monday via conference call to discuss the creation of a meter technician certification program. Discussion topics include: 1) review proposed implementation plan, 2) feedback from utility management, 3) process for developing letter of intent/formal commitment from members, and 4) next steps. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


Member City Visits

Fred Bryant and Bud Boudreaux travel to Newberry on Monday for a member city visit with Mayor Bill Conrad, City Manager Keith Ashby and Utility Director Blaine Suggs. On Thursday, Fred and Bud travel to Williston to meet with City Manager Scott Lippmann.


Excellence as a Supervisor

FMPA hosts the second module of Excellence as a Supervisor on Tuesday and Wednesday at FMPA’s Orlando office. This training program is available to FMPA members as part of the alliance between FMPA and Electric Cities of Georgia (ECG). The training is designed to provide supervisors or prospective supervisors with the skills necessary to be effective leaders. The program is open to utility and city employees. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


Substation Training and Consulting Services

FMPA hosts an information session on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Beaches Energy Services to discuss opportunities for substation training and consulting services. Beaches Energy Services will discuss its new training programs. Participants can discuss opportunities to benefit from the work that has been completed and possibly collaborate on future efforts. Attendance is free, and lunch will be provided.>Registration; is requested. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


APPA Legislative Rally

FMPA and the Florida Municipal Electric Association host a free webinar on Friday at 10 a.m. for members attending the American Public Power Association’s Legislative Rally. Representatives from 16 municipal electric utilities in Florida will participate in the Rally on March 10 through March 12. While in Washington, D.C., they will meet with Congressional members and staff to discuss federal legislative issues related to electric utilities, including tax-exempt financing, cyber security and EPA regulations.>Registration; is required to participate in the webinar. Contact: Mark McCain


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 Feb. 23. Contact: Jim Atz


Special Dates

Congratulations to Yaritza Velez, who celebrates four years with FMPA on Saturday, March 1.


Congratulations to Cara Gowan, who celebrates five years with FMPA on Sunday, March 2.







Distribution Reliability Roundtable
FMPA will host a Distribution Reliability Measurement Roundtable on March 5 at 10 a.m. in the Board room. 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


IT Community Roundtable

FMPA will host an Information Technology (IT) Community Roundtable on April 10 at 10 a.m. in the first-floor conference room. The roundtable provides an opportunity for IT staff to discuss common topics, such as email usage, computer security, product help, best practices and more. Attendance is free, and lunch will be provided.>Registration; is requested. Contact: Sharon Samuels


Joint Purchase Project

FMPA’s Joint Purchase Project will meet March 13 at 10 a.m. in FMPA’s first-floor conference room. Contact: Sharon Samuels







FERC, NERC to consider Need for Standards to Protect against Physical Attacks

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Acting Chairman Cheryl LaFleur has directed commission staff to work with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to evaluate whether mandatory standards are needed to protect against physical attacks on electric infrastructure, she told senators on Feb. 11. She recommended that Congress enhance the confidentiality of sensitive security information on cyber and physical threats by enacting an exemption from the Freedom of Information Act. Congress also should consider designating a federal agency with clear and direct authority to require actions in the event of—or before—an emergency involving a physical or cyber threat to the bulk power system, LaFleur said in letters to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Select Committee on Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy Chairman Al Franken, and Sen. Ron Wyden, who recently moved from heading the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to chairing the Finance Committee. In a Feb. 7 letter, the senators had asked FERC and NERC to determine whether additional physical security standards for critical substations are needed.



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