FMPA Weekly | Sept. 22, 2014 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly

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Sept. 22, 2014





ARP Executive Committee

The ARP Executive Committee met last Thursday and approved a fiscal 2014 budget amendment for the All-Requirements Project. The Executive Committee also approved changes in the authorization to automatically terminate Taylor Swaps. The Committee changed the authorization from net zero cost to $5 million gross per swap contract. The Executive Committee also said if the gross termination per swap is within $7 million, the Committee would like to hold a special called meeting to discuss termination. In addition, the staff was directed to make changes to the line of credit clarifying that funds can be used for swap terminations and that staff email the Executive Committee a weekly update on the swap termination cost. Contact: Nick Guarriello


PGP Audit Committee

The Audit Committee of Public Gas Partners (PGP) met last Wednesday via conference call and approved PGP’s fiscal 2014 financial statements. Contact: Mark Larson




Member Services Advisory Committee

FMPA’s Member Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) meets Wednesday at 10 a.m. via conference call to discuss the approval of FMPA’s Meter Technician Apprentice Program. The Committee also will discuss information items, including: 1) action items for the Agency’s strategic plan, 2) Energy Depot program renewal, and 3) pole attachment program update. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


Lineman’s Roundtable

Thursday is the>registration; deadline for FMPA’s Lineman’s Roundtable scheduled for Oct. 2 at the Hardee County Health Department in Wauchula. The roundtable provides a forum for line crews to exchange ideas on operating practices, safety, training, tools and equipment. Attendance is free, and 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 Sept. 21. Contact: Jim Atz


Special Dates

Congratulations to Mark Larson, who celebrates 12 years with FMPA on Thursday, Sept. 25.





Public Power Week

Public power utilities nationwide will celebrate Public Power Week on Oct. 5 through Oct. 11. This annual event is a great time for local utilities to reach out to citizens in their communities to communicate the unique benefits of public power. The website>website; from FMPA and the Florida Municipal Electric Association is also a great tool. Visit APPA’s>website; for celebration ideas.


FMEA Energy Connections Conference

The hotel registration deadline for the Florida Municipal Electric Association’s (FMEA) Energy Connections Conference has been extended to Friday. This year’s conference is scheduled for Oct. 9 and Oct. 10 at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando. The two-day conference will include sessions on electric utility industry trends, emerging technologies, smart-phone apps for electric utilities, customer service satisfaction and more. Visit Registration>Registration; is requested by Oct. 8. Contact: Sharon Samuels





EPA Extends Comment Period on Climate Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended the comment period for its proposed rule to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants by 45 days to Dec. 1, 2014. The initial deadline for comments was Oct. 16, but the agency received requests to extend the deadline due to the complexity of the proposal, volume of technical documents, amount of coordination required, and magnitude of energy impacts. The proposed rule would require existing fossil-fueled power plants in Florida to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 38% by 2030. A final rule is currently scheduled to be issued in June 2015.


PSC Approves Base Rate Increase for FPU

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) approved last Monday a joint stipulation and settlement agreement for Florida Public Utilities (FPU) to increase base rates beginning Nov. 1. The agreement allows for a $3.75 million base rate increase, which is $2.02 million less than the original request, and sets a retu on equity of 10.2%. The monthly bill for a typical FPU residential customer using 1,000 kWh will increase $2.07. The agreement includes a two-tier energy charge for residential customers with a higher charge for usage above 1,000 kWh. The agreement will be in effect through December 2016.



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