A weekly e-newsletter for FMPA members
April 14, 2014
Stanton II Project Credit Rating
Moody’s Investors Service affirmed the credit rating for FMPA’s Stanton II Project. The rating agency issued an A1 rating and indicated the rating outlook is stable. According to Moody’s analysis, this rating reflects the credit quality of the project participants, as well as the sound legal security and the underlying economics and performance record of the project. Contact: Mark Larson
Cane Island Unit 4
Cane Island Unit 4 came back online last Saturday after completing a scheduled maintenance outage. Contact: David Schumann
Rich Popp and David Schumann travel to Cane Island Power Park and Treasure Coast Energy Center Tuesday and Wednesday for FMPA’s annual insurance inspection.
ARP Conservation Program
Tuesday is the deadline for All-Requirements Project (ARP) members to submit quarterly reports documenting ARP Conservation Program efforts between Jan. 1 and March 31. The quarterly report form is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Sharon Smeenk
SPCC & Spill Response Workshop
FMPA hosts a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans and Spill Response workshop on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Board room. Discussion topics will include: 1) what is covered under the SPCC rule, 2) rule requirements, 3) SPCC plan components, 4) equipment and materials needed to respond to a spill, 5) SPCC training, and 6) state and local requirements. Contact: Sharon Smeenk
Policy Makers Liaisons Committee
FMPA’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee meets Wednesday at the Stanton Energy Center for its quarterly meeting and a tour of the Stanton Energy Center. Lunch will be served at noon. The meeting and tour begins at 1 p.m. RSVP to Sue Utley so that FMPA can provide a list of attendees to the plant’s Security Department. Attendees will need to provide picture identification at the guard gate. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Mark McCain
Board of Directors
FMPA’s Board of Directors meets Thursday in the Board room at 9 a.m. to discuss: 1) approval of a contract for a construction manager for FMPA’s HVAC system renovation, 2) selection of an exteal auditor for fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2016, and 3) appointment of a Nominating Committee. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Nick Guarriello
ARP Executive Committee
The All-Requirements Project (ARP) Executive Committee meets Thursday in the Board room at 9:30 a.m. or immediately following the Board of Directors. The Committee will discuss action items, including: 1) selection of an exteal auditor for fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2016, and 2) approval of renewing the ARP Conservation Program and funding level for fiscal 2015. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Nick Guarriello
FMPA’s semi-annual Lineman’s Roundtable is Thursday at 10 a.m. in Bartow. The roundtable provides a forum for line crews to exchange ideas on operating practices, safety, training, tools, equipment and other common issues. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Sharon Samuels
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 April 13. Contact: Jim Atz
Congratulations to Luis Cruz, who celebrates two years with FMPA on Wednesday, April 16.
Congratulations to Amie Erickson, who celebrates 14 years with FMPA on Thursday, April 17.
Excellence as a Supervisor
The first module of Excellence as a Supervisor Series II is scheduled for April 22 and April 23 at FMPA’s Orlando office. The program, available to FMPA members as part of the alliance between FMPA and Electric Cities of Georgia (ECG), includes a total of six, two-day training modules. 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. Registration information is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Sharon Smeenk
Energy Auditor Roundtable
FMPA will hold an Energy Auditor Roundtable at JEA on May 22 at 10 a.m. This semi-annual roundtable provides a forum for participants to discuss topics such as work procedures, equipment and materials, site-specific issues and industry changes. http://fmpa.com/index.php/component/registrationpro/?view=event&did=22>Registration; is requested, and lunch will be provided. Contact: Sharon Samuels
Florida Utilities Receive APPA’s Reliability Award
Ninety-four public power utilities, including three from Florida, received APPA’s Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation for providing customers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. Beaches Energy Services and JEA received the diamond-level designation and Keys Energy Services received the platinum-level designation. The RP3 award requires demonstration of proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, work force development and system improvement. The designation lasts for three years. A list of all winners is http://publicpower.org/Programs/interiorsidebar.cfm?ItemNumber=40719&navItemNumber=38630>posted; on APPA’s website.
Americans’ Energy Use Increases 2.4% in 2013
Americans’ energy use increased 2.4% in 2013, with increases in renewable, fossil and nuclear energy use, the Department of Energy (DOE) said last Monday. The majority of energy used in 2013 went toward electricity generation, followed by transportation, industrial, residential and commercial energy. Petroleum was the main energy source (35.1%), followed by natural gas (26.6%) and coal (18%). Wind energy grew last year to represent 1.6% of U.S. energy. New wind farms and larger, more efficient turbines contributed to an 18% growth in output. Americans used 2.3% more natural gas in 2013 compared to 2012, due partly to a cold winter. Meanwhile, the recent shift from coal to gas reversed slightly, due in part to rising natural gas prices, DOE said. A https://flowcharts.llnl.gov/content/energy/energy_archive/energy_flow_2013/2013USEnergy.png>flowchart; illustrating U.S. energy usage last year is available on DOE’s website.
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