FMPA Weekly | Dec. 8, 2014 | Member Edition


FMPA Weekly


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Dec. 8, 2014





Cane Island Power Park

Cane Island Unit 3 was taken offline last Friday for a scheduled maintenance outage. Unit 3 is scheduled to come back online this Sunday. Contact: David Schumann




Compliance Workshop

FMPA’s Compliance Department hosts a compliance workshop on Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Board room. Discussion topics will include: 1) the Reliability Assurance Initiative, 2) North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) voting process, and 3) NERC standards development. Contact: Carol Chinn


Member City Visits

Bud Boudreaux travels to Green Cove Springs on Wednesday for a member city visit with Electric Utility Director Mark Schultz.


ARP Telephonic Rate Workshop

The ARP Executive Committee meets Tuesday at 2 p.m. via conference call for the monthly All-Requirements Project rate workshop. The agenda includes: 1) an update on natural gas markets and liquidity, 2) an overview of November operations, loads, costs and rate calculations, and 3) estimated rates for December through February. Contact: Jim Atz


FMEA Board of Directors

The Florida Municipal Electric Association’s Board of Directors meets Thursday at 8 a.m. at FMPA’s Orlando offices. Contact: Barry Moline


Audit and Risk Oversight Committee

FMPA’s Audit and Risk Oversight Committee meets Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the Board room to discuss information items, including: 1) 2014 generation performance report, 2) fiscal 2014 transmission billing audit, 3) fuels market update, 4) risk management policy review, 5) Quincy Power Purchase Agreement contract compliance, and 6) Public Gas Partners update. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Rich Popp


Joint Purchase Project

FMPA’s Joint Purchase Project meets Thursday at 10 a.m. in the first-floor conference room. Contact: Sharon Samuels


Board of Directors

FMPA’s Board of Directors meets Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Board room, or immediately following the AROC meeting. The Board of Directors will discuss: 1) approval of St. Lucie Capacity and Energy Exchange Agreement with Fort Meade, and 2) approval of FMPA/Fort Meade Contract Rate of Delivery Agreement. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Nick Guarriello


ARP Executive Committee

The ARP Executive Committee meets Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Board room, or immediately following the Board of Directors. The Committee will discuss: 1) approval of 2015 meeting schedule, 2) election of Executive Committee Vice-Chair, 3) approval of Fort Meade Contract Rate of Delivery adjustment, 4) approval of FMPA/Fort Meade Contract Rate of Delivery Responsibility Agreement, 5) approval of St. Lucie Capacity and Energy Exchange Agreement with Fort Meade, 6) approval of new Contract Rate of Delivery rate schedule, 7) approval of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order 1000 enrollment, and 8) approval of Florida Reliability Coordinating Council Coordinated Functional Registration for Planning Authority Agreement. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Nick Guarriello


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 Dec. 7. Contact: Jim Atz




Excellence as a Supervisor

Spots are still available for the 2015 Excellence as a Supervisor Training scheduled to begin in February. The training is designed to provide supervisors or prospective supervisors with the skills necessary to be effective leaders. Training is divided into two series consisting of three modules each. The first module will be held Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 at FMPA’s Orlando office.> style=color: windowtext;>Registration information is available on Contact: Sharon Smeenk





EPA Receives 1.6 Million Comments on Clean Power Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received more than 1.6 million comments on its proposed Clean Power Plan. EPA proposed a plan last June that would reduce power plant carbon emissions 30% from 2005 levels by 2030 and also laid out state-specific goals. The American Public Power Association (APPA) in its 200-page comments urged EPA to withdraw the proposed rule, revise the rule and re-propose it. APPA said if implemented in its current form, EPA’s proposed rule will create economic inefficiency, impose additional costs on electric customers, threaten the reliability of the electric system, and force over-reliance on a single fuel—natural gas—to generate electricity. The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) agreed that the plan jeopardizes utilities’ ability to provide reliable and reasonably priced power. FMEA said it is conceed that EPA has created a regulatory design to establish existing source performance standards that are not based on authorities contained in the Clean Air Act (CAA), that the proposal is unworkable and unattainable in the timeframe provided, and that it will cause significant rate increases for customers. FMEA suggested that EPA withdraw its rule and re-propose it based on statutory authority under the CAA. EPA said it will review all comments. President Obama has directed EPA to develop the final standards by June 1, 2015.


FPL Asks PSC to Approve Fracking Project

Florida Power & Light (FPL) asked the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) for permission to charge customers $750 million a year to invest in natural gas fracking through a partnership with an Oklahoma oil and gas company. FPL said at a hearing last Monday that the> class=itxtrst>investment would help it stabilize fuel prices and save customers money. Opponents representing the state’s largest commercial electricity users and the general public argued that FPL can’t be sure that the natural gas wells will produce enough gas to meet its needs and customers would shoulder the costs of dry wells, environmental impacts and market changes for the next 50 years. Representatives from Duke Energy said it also is considering investing in fracking and that the utility is following FPL’s request. The PSC is expected to rule on FPL’s proposal by the end of the year.



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