FMPA Weekly | June 2, 2014 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly


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June 2, 2014





Treasure Coast Energy Center

Treasure Coast Energy Center Unit 1 in Fort Pierce marked its sixth anniversary of commercial operations last Saturday and continues to be a reliable, highly utilized power generating unit for FMPA. Since beginning commercial operations in 2008, the unit has produced 10.5 million MWh and has operated 98% of the time when available. The unit has been forced off-line for repairs for only 262 hours of the 50,000 hours it has been available. Contact: David Schumann Redesign

Three companies responded to a Request for Qualifications for the redesign of The purpose of the redesign is to update the site’s technology, improve usability and refresh the design and content. FMPA’s Public Relations and Information Technology departments have launched a brief website>website; for more information. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


FMEA-FMPA Annual Conference

Registration is open for the 2014 FMEA-FMPA Annual Conference scheduled for July 15 through July 18 at the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Fla. This year’s conference will include breakout sessions on utility industry topics, including: 1) access to bank credit and improving borrowing costs, 2) Florida politics, 3) energy legislation, and 4) managing change to ensure long-term viability. Visit FMEA’s>website; for conference and hotel registration information. Contact: Mark McCain


Customer Connections Conference

FMPA is co-hosting the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Customer Connections Conference scheduled for Oct. 26 through Oct. 29 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. This national conference coming to the Sunshine State is a great opportunity for Florida’s utility professionals in the areas of 1) customer service, 2) economic development, 3) energy services, 4) key accounts, and 5) public communications to participate in a quality conference focused on public power topics. The conference agenda will be available in mid-May on APPA’s>website;.





Court Affirms EPA Decision to Not Issue Secondary NOx and SO2 Standards

A federal appeals court upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to delay setting secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide and instead to continue collecting data. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected arguments from environmental groups that the Clean Air Act required the agency to issue new secondary standards after it found that the existing standards are inadequate. The three-judge panel agreed with EPA that if the agency could not make a reasoned judgment that a new standard would comply with the act’s requirement that a standard provide a requisite amount of protection, then it cannot be appropriate for EPA to issue the new standard.



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 or Christin Senior in FMPA’s Public Relations Department.


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