FMPA Weekly | Jan. 26, 2015 | Member Edition


FMPA Weekly


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Jan. 26, 2015





Policy Makers Liaisons Committee

FMPA’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee met last Wednesday and discussed information items, including: 1) FMPA Member Services update, 2) state and federal legislative issues related to electric utilities, 3) Contract Rate of Delivery, and 4) important electric issues in members’ communities. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Mark McCain


Audit and Risk Oversight Committee

The Audit and Risk Oversight Committee met last Thursday and approved: 1) FMPA’s fiscal 2014 annual audited financial report, and 2) the risk inventory update. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Rich Popp


Board of Directors

FMPA’s Board of Directors met last Thursday and approved FMPA’s fiscal 2014 annual audited financial report. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Nick Guarriello


ARP Executive Committee

The ARP Executive Committee met last Thursday and approved: 1) FMPA’s fiscal 2014 annual audited financial report, and 2) Wells Fargo and Bank of America term sheet for interim financing of possible Taylor Swaps termination costs. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Nick Guarriello


Three Phase Times

FMPA’s Power Resources Division published the December 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 December FMPA sold 124,594 MWh to the Florida Municipal Power Pool. The short-term forecast estimated 161,137 MWh sales to the Pool. The lower than forecast sales were due to lower power loads as a result of mild weather. For more information, download 3 Phase Times from the Member Portal. Contact: Frank Gaffney





Member City Visits

Bud Boudreaux and Fred Bryant travel to Bushnell on Wednesday for a member city visit with Mayor Bil Spaude and City Manager Bruce Hickle. On Thursday, Bud and Fred travel to Ocala for a member city visit with Interim City Manager John Zobler, Assistant City Manager Sandra Wilson, City Councilman Jim Hilty, Sr., and Electric Director Mike Poucher.


Member Services Advisory Committee

The Member Services Advisory Committee meets Wednesday at 10 a.m. via conference call to discuss approval of a service confirmation for the FMPA-ECG Alliance Agreement related to the Safety Training program. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


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 Jan. 25. Contact: Jim Atz


Special Dates

Congratulations to Susan Schumann, who celebrates 17 years with FMPA on Monday, Jan. 26.


Congratulations to Frank Gaffney, who celebrates six years with FMPA on Wednesday, Jan. 28.


Congratulations to Jim Atz, who celebrates eight years with FMPA on Thursday, Jan. 29.


Congratulations to Md Haque, who celebrates three years with FMPA on Friday, Jan. 30.





Distribution Reliability Roundtable

FMPA will host a Distribution Reliability Roundtable on March 26 at 10 a.m. at FMPA’s Orlando office. The roundtable provides a forum for participants to discuss topics including: reporting process, definitions and interpretations, best practices and more. Attendance is free, and lunch will be provided.> style=font-family: ‘Georgia’,’serif’; color: windowtext;>Registration is requested. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


Substation Training

FMPA will host a Substation Training series at FMPA’s Orlando office beginning April 7. The series will include four, two-day training sessions that focus on substation safety, inspection, testing and maintenance. Session one is scheduled for April 7 and April 8 and will discuss substation safety awareness basics. Session two is scheduled for Oct. 13 and Oct. 14 and will discuss substation inspection and testing basics. Session three and session four dates will be scheduled at a later date, and those sessions will discuss substation maintenance and substation protection and theory. Participants can attend the entire series or individual sessions. The cost is $900 per two-day session.> style=color: windowtext;>Registration for session one is available on Contact: Sharon Smeenk





Gulf Power, Military Propose State’s Largest Solar Power Network

Gulf Power filed a request with the Florida Public Service Commission last Thursday asking to build solar farms on three military bases in Northwest Florida. The renewable energy plants would be built on Eglin Air Force Base, Holley Field and Saufley Field. The three plants would total 120 MW and become Florida’s largest solar project. The joint effort among Gulf Power, the Navy, Air Force and HelioSage, the project’s developer, would help meet the U.S. Department of Defense’s goal of achieving 25% renewable energy by 2025. If approved, construction would begin in February 2016.


FPL Drilling Project Brought to Supreme Court

Florida’s Office of Public Counsel plans to ask the state Supreme Court to reject a decision that would allow Florida Power & Light (FPL) to invest in a natural-gas drilling project in Oklahoma and pass along the costs to customers. In its decision, the Florida Public Service Commission said that FPL’s proposal to invest in the drilling project met legal requirements and that it could help serve as a hedge against higher natural-gas prices in the future. The PSC noted that FPL purchases more natural gas than any other electric utility in the country and that there is an increasing need for natural gas to provide electricity as utilities move away from coal. However, the Office of Public Counsel, along with business and environmental groups, argued that the project posed a financial risk and did not meet the legal requirements for passing along costs to customers.



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