A weekly e-newsletter for FMPA members
May 12, 2014
Member Relations Survey Report
The results of FMPA’s 2014 Board of Directors Member Relations Survey were distributed to the Board of Directors and are posted on the Member Portal. FMPA’s Board of Directors designated “foster a positive communication culture as one of four major strategic goals and approved conducting this survey as a strategy to reach that goal. Additionally, measurable target Db calls for FMPA to “maintain member satisfaction at a level above the Member Relations Survey’s 12-year average of 3.3 for overall satisfaction of members toward their relationship with FMPA staff. FMPA’s score in 2014 was 3.41, which exceeds the target. FMPA will measure its progress again in 2016. Thank you to all the members who participated in this year’s survey. Contact: Mark McCain
Welcome, Christin Senior
Please welcome Christin Senior, who joins FMPA on Monday as the new public relations inte. Christin is a graduate student at the University of Central Florida, where she is majoring in communications. We’re happy to have Christin as a member of the FMPA team.
Business Planning and Budget Committee
FMPA’s Business Planning and Budget Committee meets Wednesday at 9 a.m. via conference call for its second review of the Agency’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Mark Larson
Audit and Risk Oversight Committee
The Audit and Risk Oversight Committee meets Thursday at 9 a.m. in the Board room to discuss information items, including: 1) annual environmental report, 2) capital appreciation bonds research, 3) fuels market update, and 4) risk management policy reviews. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Rich Popp
ARP Executive Committee
The All-Requirements Project (ARP) Executive Committee meets Thursday in the Board room at 10 a.m. The Committee will discuss action items, including: 1) approval of amendments to KEYS TARP agreements, 2) approval of modification to the FST Plus implementation parameters, and 3) approval of alteative fixed cost allocators. 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 May 11. Contact: Jim Atz
Congratulations to Julie Clark, who celebrates six years with FMPA on Monday, May 12.
Congratulations to Vickey Bidwell, who celebrates six years with FMPA on Wednesday, May 14.
Congratulations to Konrad Lisiewicz, who celebrates eight years with FMPA on Thursday, May 15.
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, policies and practices, industry changes, equipment and materials, and other topics of interest. The roundtable is open to any utility staff member who has an interest in energy audit related topics. http://fmpa.com/index.php/component/registrationpro/?view=event&did=22>Registration; is requested, and lunch will be provided. Contact: Sharon Samuels
Hurricane Preparedness Roundtable
FMPA and the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) will host a Hurricane Preparedness Roundtable on June 12 at 10 a.m. at FMPA’s Orlando office. This roundtable will provide a forum for utility personnel to review procedures and discuss post-storm assistance. Discussion topics will include: 1) mutual aid, 2) safety procedures during storm restoration, 3) financial management and FEMA reimbursement, 4) FMPA agreements for post-storm assistance, and 5) communication practices and social media. Representatives from Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) will give a presentation on how it assesses damage to the utility’s electric system and discuss KUA’s mock disaster drill program. The roundtable is free, and https://fs6.formsite.com/fmea/form174/index.html>registration; is requested. Visit FMEA’s http://publicpower.com/utility-training-institute-hurricane-preparedness-roundtable/>website; for more information. Contact: Sharon Smeenk
OMB Considering Divestiture of TVA that Continues Public Power Model
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is exploring options for possible divestiture of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in a way that would preserve public ownership of the utility, TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said last Tuesday during a conference call to discuss TVA’s second quarter financial results. The OMB suggested in the White House’s budget plan for fiscal 2015 that the federal govement should consider transferring or selling TVA to state and local govements, power cooperatives or energy companies in the Tennessee Valley. In collaboration with an OMB financial expert, TVA has prepared a strategic review that explores numerous options for a different form of ownership, Johnson said. During the course of the strategic review, OMB’s focus changed from privatization of TVA to continuation of a public power model, he said.
LaFleur Nominated to Second Term at FERC
President Obama re-nominated Cheryl LaFleur on May 1 to serve a second term on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Her current term expires June 30. LaFleur is serving as FERC’s acting chairwoman since Jon Wellinghoff resigned last fall. President Obama has nominated FERC enforcement chief Norman Bay to become the agency’s next chairman. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will consider the nominations at a hearing on May 20.
FMPA Weekly is published by FMPA for employees and goveing boards of FMPA member utilities. Questions or comments about this newsletter may be directed to Ryan Dumas in FMPA’s Public Relations Department.
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