FMPA Weekly | Feb. 23, 2015 | Member Edition


 FMPA Weekly


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Feb. 23, 2015





Concurrent Board and Executive Meeting

FMPA’s Board of Directors and the ARP Executive Committee held a concurrent meeting last Monday and approved with a few minor changes FMPA’s response to the Auditor General’s preliminary and tentative audit findings. Contact: Nick Guarriello


Board of Directors

FMPA’s Board of Directors met last Thursday and approved: 1) authorizing the commencement of Crystal River Unit 3 decommissioning on behalf of its municipal joint owners, and 2) an increase in lobbying expenditures. 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) an increase in lobbying expenditures, 2) initial steps to consider retaining a management consulting firm, and 3) Cane Island Unit 4 steam turbine dispute mediation budget. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Nick Guarriello


FMPA Files Response to Operational Audit

FMPA submitted a response last Friday to the Auditor General’s preliminary and tentative operational audit report. The report contains five findings that relate specifically to the All-Requirements Project, including fuel hedging, natural gas supply agency participation, interest rate swaps, peak shaving and All-Requirements Project termination provisions. Due to the complex nature of these topics, FMPA’s response states that Executive Committee members will begin a process to retain an independent management consulting firm to advise the Committee conceing these findings. For the remaining 10 findings, FMPA’s response states, action to address the recommendations will require public discussion and a vote by FMPA’s Board of Directors or Executive Committee, or both. FMPA’s goveing boards will address these matters as soon as practical. In the meantime, some responsive actions have already been taken by FMPA. Contact: Nick Guarriello


Jacksonville Beach appoints new FMPA Representatives

Jacksonville Beach appointed Beaches Energy Services Director Allen Putnam as the city’s representative to FMPA’s Board of Directors and the ARP Executive Committee. City Manager George Forbes has been designated as the city’s first alteate representative, and Deputy City Manager Trish Roberts has been designated as the city’s second alteate representative. Contact: Nick Guarriello


Starke appoints new FMPA Representatives

Starke appointed City Manager Tom Emharth as the city’s representative to: 1) FMPA’s Board of Directors, 2) ARP Executive Committee, and 3) All-Requirements, Stanton, Stanton II and St. Lucie projects. City Clerk Ricky Thompson has been designated as the city’s alteate representative. Contact: Nick Guarriello


Video Production Services RFP

FMPA issued a> style=font-family: ‘Georgia’,’serif’; color: windowtext;>Request for Proposals (RFP) last Thursday for video production services. Several FMPA members have expressed interest in updating the energy conversation videos that were created in 2009. The purpose of the RFP is to identify and consider options for creating new videos that are shorter and more compatible with current technology and that can also be used via social media. Bids are due March 18 at 2 p.m. Contact: Sharon Smeenk





FMPA’s 37th Anniversary

Tuesday marks the 37th anniversary of FMPA’s first official meeting. Locally owned electric utilities in Florida met Feb. 24, 1978, to create an organization that would give customers the home power advantage of a local utility, backed by the resources of a statewide organization. Nearly four decades later, FMPA continues to help Florida’s home power utilities provide unique benefits to their customers, including local reliability, personal service, community investment and public accountability. Contact: Mark McCain


APPA Legislative Rally
FMPA and the Florida Municipal Electric Association host a free webinar on Friday at 10 a.m. for members attending the American Public Power Association’s Legislative Rally. Representatives from 12 municipal electric utilities in Florida will participate in the Rally on March 9 through March 12. While in Washington, D.C., they will meet with Florida’s Congressional delegation to discuss federal legislative issues related to electric utilities, including EPA regulations, cyber security and tax-exempt financing.> style=color: black;>Registration is required to participate in the webinar. Contact: Mark McCain


Three Phase Times

FMPA’s Power Resources Division published the January 2015 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 January natural gas represented 85.5% of FMPA’s generation fuel mix, nearly a 7% increase from December. For more information, download 3 Phase Times from the Member Portal. Contact: Frank Gaffney


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. 22. Contact: Jim Atz





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 such as reporting process, definitions and interpretations, best practices and more. Attendance is free, and lunch will be provided.> style=color: windowtext;>Registration is requested. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


FMEA Legislative Rally

Registration is now open for the Florida Legislative Rally organized by the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA). This year’s Rally will be March 30 and March 31 in Tallahassee. With legislation pending that affects all municipal electric utilities, it is important for every utility to be represented at the Rally.> style=font-family: ‘Georgia’,’serif’; color: windowtext;>Registration information is available online. Contact: Amy Zubaly at FMEA


HR Roundtable

Save the date: FMPA will host a Human Resources Roundtable on April 30 at FMPA’s Orlando office. Contact: Sharon Smeenk





Rep. Mayfield Files Bill to Regulate FMPA

Rep. Debbie Mayfield (R-Vero Beach) filed a bill last Monday in the Florida House of Representatives that would subject FMPA to regulation by the Florida Public Service Commission. If passed,> style=font-family: ‘Georgia’,’serif’; color: windowtext;>House Bill 773 would increase costs for FMPA’s power supply projects due to added regulatory requirements. In addition, losing autonomous rate-setting authority likely would result in a lower credit rating for FMPA’s projects and higher borrowing costs as a result. If approved, the bill would take effect July 1. A companion measure has not yet been introduced in the Senate. Mayfield said in a TC Palm news story that if the bill doesn’t pass this year, she would reintroduce the bill next year.



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