FMPA Weekly | Oct. 27, 2014 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly


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Oct. 27, 2014





Linemen Safety Training Program

FMPA’s Member Services Department met last Wednesday via conference call with participants in the Linemen Safety Training Program to discuss proposed program changes. Electric Cities of Georgia (ECG) is proposing changes to the cost-allocation process to ensure that expenses are fairly shared between Florida and Georgia participants. The proposed changes would increase the cost to Florida cities for the Safety program beginning July 1, 2015. However, when viewed in combination with ECG’s recent price reductions for training programs—including Groundman, Apprentice and Advanced Lineworker—the cost increase per member could be mitigated. ECG’s Board of Directors is also considering hiring an additional, full-time trainer, which has cost impacts. Program participants are encouraged to attend a meeting with ECG representatives on Nov. 6 at FMPA’s Orlando office to discuss the proposals. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


Ocala Appoints New FMPA Representatives

Ocala appointed Assistant City Manager Larry Novak as the city’s representative to FMPA’s Board of Directors and ARP Executive Committee. Utility Regulatory Manager David Anderson has been designated as the city’s alteate representative to the Board and Executive Committee. Contact: Nick Guarriello


Three Phase Times

FMPA’s Power Resources Division published the September 2014 edition of 3 Phase Times. This monthly report provides information about the All-Requirements Project’s (ARP) system peak, hourly loads, resource fuel mix, natural gas usage, natural gas pricing and more performance information. The report shows that in September 10.46 kW of renewable generation was added at Beaches Energy Services. The total renewable capacity in All-Requirements cities is now 1,827 kW. For more information, download 3 Phase Times from the Member Portal. Contact: Frank Gaffney 





ECG Annual Meeting

Mark McCain travels to Greensboro, Ga., on Monday and Tuesday to attend the annual meeting for Electric Cities of Georgia (ECG). On Tuesday, Mark will attend the ECG Board of Directors meeting to discuss the Lineman Safety Training Program that ECG provides to Florida cities.


APPA Customer Connections Conference

Ryan Dumas and Diane Nelson are in Jacksonville, Fla., Monday through Wednesday to attend the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Customer Connections Conference. The conference will include 40 breakout sessions and networking opportunities for utility professionals in the areas of: 1) customer service, 2) economic development, 3) energy services, 4) key accounts, and 5) public communications. On Tuesday, Diane will moderate the Joint Action & State/Regional Organization roundtable discussion.


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 Oct. 26. Contact: Jim Atz


Special Dates

Congratulations to Terry Bus, who celebrates six years with FMPA on Wednesday, Oct. 29.


Congratulations to Ed Nunez, who celebrates seven years with FMPA on Wednesday, Oct. 29.





Energy Auditor Roundtable

FMPA will hold an Energy Auditor Roundtable on Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. in Ocala. 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 topics.> style=font-family: ‘Georgia’,’serif’; color: windowtext;>Registration is requested, and lunch will be provided. Contact: Sharon Samuels





PSC Sets 2015 Cost Recovery Amounts for Investor-Owned Utilities

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) set 2015 cost recovery charges last Wednesday for Florida Power & Light (FPL), Tampa Electric (TECO), Gulf Power and Florida Public Utilities (FPUC). Cost recovery is allowed on fuel and purchased power, capacity, conservation and environmental requirements. Starting in January, FPL customers using 1,000 kWh per month will pay $99.68, a decrease of $1.83. TECO customers using 1,000 kWh per month will pay $108.47, a decrease of $1.14. Gulf Power customers using 1,000 kWh per month will pay $139.29, an increase of $7.29. FPUC Northwest Division customers using 1,000 kWh per month will pay $141.10, an increase of $7.79. FPUC Northeast Division customers using 1,000 kWh per month will pay $141.10, an increase of $15.63. Recovery charges for Duke Energy Florida will be decided during the PSC’s Nov. 25 meeting.



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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