FMPA Weekly | Feb. 16, 2015 | Member Edition


FMPA Weekly


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Feb. 16, 2015





FMPA Staff Organizational Changes

Two FMPA employees began new roles effective Feb. 2. Denise Fuentes has been named Accountant II, and Ellen Leatherman has been named Contract Compliance Auditor II. Denise now reports to Rick Minch, and Ellen now reports to Liyuan Woeer.


2014 Annual Report

FMPA’s fiscal 2014 Annual Report was printed last Tuesday. The report, titled “Mind + Metal + Mission will be distributed to members, staff and business associates later this month. Contact: Mark McCain





Concurrent Board and Executive Meeting

FMPA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee will hold a special-called concurrent meeting on Monday at 10 a.m. in the Board room to discuss the approval of FMPA’s response to the Auditor General’s preliminary and tentative findings. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Nick Guarriello


Fiscal 2016 Budget

Budget season officially begins Monday. A budget calendar detailing events leading up to approval of the fiscal 2016 budget in July was distributed last week to FMPA managers. Agency budget inputs are due from FMPA staff by March 2. Contact: Mark Larson


Public Records Request Webinar

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) hosts a webinar on Wednesday at 10 a.m. to discuss Florida’s Public Records Law and how to respond to public records requests. FMPA Associate General Counsel Dan O’Hagan will provide examples of how people have exploited the law by making a request and then filing a lawsuit if city staff fail to comply. Dan will provide recommendations for developing response policies and employee training. The webinar is free for FMEA members, and> style=font-family: ‘Georgia’,’serif’; color: windowtext;>registration is required. Contact: Cheryl Anderson, FMEA


Board of Directors

FMPA’s Board of Directors is scheduled to meet Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Board room. Contact: Nick Guarriello


ARP Executive Committee

The ARP Executive Committee is scheduled to meet Thursday in the Board room at 10:30 a.m. or immediately following the Board of Directors meeting. 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 Feb. 15. Contact: Jim Atz





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





House Energy Committee Unveils Framework for Comprehensive Energy Package

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee unveiled a legislative framework for a comprehensive energy package. The committee said last Monday that it will release a series of discussion drafts that address four key policy areas: 1) modeizing infrastructure, 2) a 21st century energy workforce, 3) energy diplomacy, and 4) efficiency and accountability. The framework provides details on what will be in the discussion drafts. For example, regarding infrastructure, the framework states that the draft to modeize the transmission, reliability and security of energy distribution will address the permitting challenges for current domestic and cross-border pipelines and transmission lines. It will also seek to protect critical energy infrastructure with improved emergency coordination and information sharing, ensure robust and transparent energy markets, and bring added levels of accountability to decision-makers. The committee plans to advance the discussion drafts in the coming months with the goal of bringing an energy package to the House floor later this year.


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