FMPA Weekly | Nov. 10, 2014 | Member Edition


FMPA Weekly


A weekly e-newsletter for FMPA members


Nov. 10, 2014





FMPA-ECG Safety Training Program

FMPA’s Member Services Department and representatives from Electric Cities of Georgia (ECG) met with Linemen Safety Training Program participants last Thursday to discuss proposed program changes. Topics discussed included the need for an equal shared-cost allocation methodology, hiring an additional trainer, and potential impacts on program costs. ECG will provide an updated program budget and said it would consider phasing in the shared-cost allocation over the next two fiscal years. ECG said it also would evaluate when to hire an additional trainer and consider allowing FMPA program participants to delay cost increases for the trainer until October 2015. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


Treasure Coast Energy Center

Treasure Coast Energy Center Unit 1 came back online last Friday after a completing a scheduled maintenance outage ahead of schedule. Contact: David Schumann




State Legislator Visits

Mark McCain meets with state legislators in Ocala, Bushnell and Leesburg on Monday and Friday as part of FMPA’s state legislator visitation program. The purpose of the visits is to build relationships with state elected officials. Policy Makers Liaisons Committee members from the members cities also will participate.


Energy Auditor Roundtable

Thursday is the> style=font-family: ‘Georgia’,’serif’; color: windowtext;>registration deadline for the Energy Auditor Roundtable scheduled for Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. in Ocala. The 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. 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 Nov. 9. Contact: Jim Atz


Special Dates

Congratulations to David Schumann, who celebrates 12 years with FMPA on Tuesday, Nov. 11.


Congratulations to Bud Boudreaux, who celebrates nine years with FMPA on Saturday, Nov. 15.


Congratulations to Ryan Dumas, who celebrates four years with FMPA on Saturday, Nov. 15.




Board of Directors

FMPA’s Board of Directors will meet Nov. 20 at 9 a.m. in the Board room. Contact: Nick Guarriello


ARP Executive Committee

The ARP Executive Committee will meet Nov. 20 in the Board room at 9:30 a.m. or immediately following the Board of Directors. Contact: Nick Guarriello


Purchasing Roundtable

FMPA will host a Purchasing Roundtable on Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. in FMPA’s Orlando office. The roundtable provides a forum for purchasing personnel to discuss work procedures, policies, industry changes, equipment and other topics of interest.> style=font-family: ‘Georgia’,’serif’; color: windowtext;>Registration is requested, and lunch will be provided. Contact: Sharon Samuels




Coal Stocks at Power Plants Lower than Recent Years

Coal stocks at power plants are low in comparison to recent historical norms, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). In a Nov. 6 article, EIA said coal stocks at electric power plants, which totaled 121 million tons at the end of August, are relatively low in both absolute and days-of-bu terms relative to recent historical norms. The U.S. holds the largest recoverable reserves of coal in the world, but inventories are low at power plants not because of mining. About two-thirds of coal used to generate electric power moves from mine to power plant at least partially by rail, EIA said. Weather-related problems last winter curtailed coal deliveries by rail, and this year railroads have had to accommodate record grain harvests and increasing petroleum shipments.


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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