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June 16, 2014
Distribution Reliability Annual Report
FMPA’s Distribution Reliability Measurement Program published the annual Distribution Reliability Report for 2013. The report compares the reliability indices of 25 participating municipal utilities to the indices of Florida’s investor-owned utilities. In 2013, the Florida Municipal Utilities Group outperformed other utilities in the state for the Customer Average Interruption Duration Index. Municipals have led this category for the past 10 years. Florida Power & Light outperformed other utilities in the System Average Interruption Duration Index and the System Average Interruption Frequency Index. Gulf Power outperformed other utilities in the Momentary Average Interruption event Frequency Index, and Florida Public Utilities Company reported the lowest average length of a service interruption. For a copy of the report, contact Sharon Smeenk.
APPA National Conference
Mark McCain is attending the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) National Conference on Monday and Tuesday in Denver, Colo. The conference features political, economic, business and public policy leaders addressing issues and challenges affecting the electric power industry. Discussion topics will include: 1) what happens when your utility becomes a victim of a cybercrime?, 2) the value of the integrated grid, 3) storm restoration, 4) creating a culture of reliability, safety and compliance, 4) a federal legislative update, 5) an environmental regulation update and more. Visit http://www.publicpower.org/NationalConference/index.cfm?ItemNumber=29890″ target=_blank>APPA’s website for more information.
FMPA.com Redesign Survey
OSHA Update for Electric Utilities
FMPA will host an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) update for electric utilities on July 30 at 9 a.m. at FMPA’s Orlando office to discuss recent changes and updates to OSHA’s electric power standards for general industry and construction. Pam Tompkins with SET Solutions, LLC will discuss major rule changes and review the “Big Four topics, including: 1) information sharing/host employers and contractors, 2) fall protection, 3) minimum approach distances, and 4) protection from flames and electric arc hazards. The cost is $225, and http://www.fmpa.com/index.php/component/registrationpro/?view=event&did=60>registration; is required. Contact: Sharon Smeenk
EIA Forecasts Moderate Increases in Electric Rates
Residential electric utility rates will average 12.5 cents per kWh in 2014, a 3.4% increase from 2013, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). In its www.fmpa.com
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