A weekly e-newsletter for FMPA members
Dec. 1, 2014
FMPA.com Redesign Launch
FMPA launched the redesign of http://www.fmpa.com> style=font-family: ‘Georgia’,’serif’; color: windowtext;>FMPA.com last Monday. The new website is compatible with mobile devices, has enhanced site features, and sports a fresh design and content. One new website feature allows users to easily add meetings, trainings and workshops from the events calendar to any personal calendar that uses the iCal format, including Outlook, Google, Apple and others. Contact: Mark McCain
Three Phase Times
FMPA’s Power Resources Division published the October 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 October FMPA electric generating units used 3,369,430 MMBtus of natural gas, nearly 21% more than the fiscal 2015 budget projection. The higher total gas usage was due to higher than expected load requirements in the Florida Municipal Power Pool (FMPP) and the dispatching of FMPA generation during FMPP member unit outages. For more information, download 3 Phase Times from the Member Portal. Contact: Frank Gaffney
Congratulations, Jerusha Gibson
Congratulations to Jerusha Gibson, who is transferring effective Monday to the position of Critical Infrastructure Protection Analyst in the Cyber Security Department. Jerusha previously served as FMPA’s Records Management Technician. In her new role, some of her essential functions will include document management related to cyber security, administering physical and electronic access to cyber assets, ensuring an accurate inventory of cyber assets, and more. She reports to Carter Manucy.
FMPA hosts a Purchasing Roundtable on Thursday 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. Contact: Sharon Samuels
All-Requirements Project November Load Statistics
The All-Requirements Project’s peak for November was 829 MW, which occurred Nov. 20 between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. The project’s load factor for November was 65%. Load factor is a ratio of actual energy (MWh) used during the period versus what would have been consumed if demand was at peak for the entire period. A higher load factor indicates more effective system utilization and results in lower average costs. The month’s peak was 106% of the budgeted peak, and energy was 100% of the budget. A graph showing the All-Requirements Project hourly load for November is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Jim Atz
Congratulations to Amy Deese, who celebrates six years with FMPA on Monday, Dec. 1.
Congratulations to Ray Platt, who celebrates 14 years with FMPA on Monday, Dec. 1.
Congratulations to Joe McKinney, who celebrates 14 years with FMPA on Thursday, Dec. 4.
Board of Directors
FMPA’s Board of Directors will meet Dec. 11 in the Board room. Contact: Nick Guarriello
ARP Executive Committee
The ARP Executive Committee will meet Dec. 11 in the Board room immediately following the Board of Directors. Contact: Nick Guarriello
Supreme Court to Review Case Challenging MATS Rule
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule for the electric utility industry. The Utility Air Regulatory Group, the National Mining Association and 21 states appealed an April 15, 2014, ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals upholding the rule. The challengers contend that EPA should have considered cost when determining whether the regulations were appropriate and necessary under the Clean Air Act. In its April 2014 decision, the Court of Appeals upheld EPA’s finding that the rule was appropriate and necessary and—with one member of the three-judge panel dissenting—upheld the agency’s position that it was not required to consider costs in setting the standard. The Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling in the case by the end of June.
PSC Reduces FPL Revenue Requirement
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a base rate adjustment for Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) extended power uprate project, reducing customers’ bills by $761,690. The reduction comes in the final true-up of FPL’s uprate project for Turkey Point Units 3 and 4 and St. Lucie Units 1 and 2. The electric bill of a typical FPL residential customer using 1,000 kWh per month will decrease one cent beginning in January.
PSC Sets 2015 Cost Recovery Amounts for Duke Energy
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) set 2015 cost recovery charges last Tuesday for Duke Energy Florida. Cost recovery is allowed on fuel and purchased power, capacity, conservation and environmental requirements. Starting in January, Duke residential customers using 1,000 kWh per month will pay $125.13, a decrease of $0.16. The PSC set recovery charges for Florida Power & Light, Tampa Electric, Gulf Power and Florida Public Utilities in October.
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