A weekly e-newsletter for FMPA members
April 27, 2015
Draft RFQ for Management Consulting Services
A draft Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for independent management consulting services was emailed last Friday to ARP Executive Committee members and alteates for their feedback. The Executive Committee has directed staff to prepare the draft RFQ and an RFQ distribution list for Executive Committee approval prior to issuance with the understanding that each member of the Executive Committee would have the opportunity to review and comment on the RFQ document before it is brought to the Executive Committee for approval. The RFQ distribution list also can be changed based on input from the Executive Committee. The consultant will assist the Executive Committee in addressing five of the Auditor General’s findings: Nos. 1, 2, 3, 13 and 14. FMPA’s senior management will be calling Executive Committee members within the next two weeks to obtain their feedback on the draft RFQ and distribution list. Based on feedback from Executive Committee members, staff would like to prepare the final, recommended RFQ and distribution list and have it on the action item agenda for the Executive Committee’s meeting on May 21. Contact: Nick Guarriello
Treasure Coast Energy Center
Treasure Coast Energy Center Unit 1 came back online April 17 after completing a seven-week planned maintenance outage. Unit 1 was taken offline Feb. 27 for repairs to the steam and combustion turbines. Contact: David Schumann
3 Phase Times
FMPA’s Power Resources Division published the March 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 March FMPA electric generating units used 2,767,615 MMBtus of natural gas, nearly 52% 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. For more information, download 3 Phase Times from the Member Portal. Contact: Frank Gaffney
Monday is the http://fmpa.com/event/linemans-roundtable-2/> style=font-family: ‘Georgia’,’serif’; color: windowtext;>registration deadline for FMPA’s semi-annual Lineman’s Roundtable scheduled for May 7 at 10 a.m. in Lakeland. The roundtable provides a forum for line crews to exchange ideas on operating practices, safety, training, tools, equipment and other common issues. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Sharon Samuels
Human Resources Roundtable
FMPA hosts a Human Resources Roundtable on Thursday at 10 a.m. at FMPA’s Orlando office. The roundtable provides a forum for participants to discuss HR topics, such as benefits, recruiting, employee retention, training, policies and more. The roundtable is free, and lunch will be provided. Participation via teleconference is available for those unable to attend in person.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 April 26. Contact: Jim Atz
Congratulations to Juan Bailey, who celebrates seven years with FMPA on Tuesday, April 28.
Congratulations to Rich Popp, who celebrates 13 years with FMPA on Wednesday, April 29.
Congratulations to Jamie Noon, who celebrates 10 years with FMPA on Saturday, May 2.
ARP Telephonic Rate Workshop
The ARP Executive Committee will meet May 7 at 2 p.m. via conference call for the monthly All-Requirements Project rate workshop. Contact: Jim Atz
Energy Auditors Roundtable
FMPA will host an Energy Auditor Roundtable on May 14 at 10 a.m. in Fort Pierce. This semi-annual roundtable provides a forum for participants to discuss topics such as work procedures, policies and practices, industry changes, equipment and materials, and other topics of interest. The roundtable is open to any utility staff member who has an interest in energy audit related topics. http://fmpa.com/event/energy-auditors-roundtable-2/> style=font-family: ‘Georgia’,’serif’; color: windowtext;>Registration is requested by May 6. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Sharon Samuels
FMEA Annual Conference
Hotel registration is now open for the 2015 FMEA Annual Conference scheduled for July 21 through July 24 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla. The conference kicks off July 21 with preconference seminars and a welcome reception. The following days feature general sessions and breakout sessions on a variety of industry topics. Visit FMEA’s http://publicpower.com/annual-conference/#registration> style=font-family: ‘Georgia’,’serif’; color: black;>website for conference and hotel registration information.
Senate Approves Amended PSC Bill
The Florida House of Representatives approved a bill (HB 7109) early last week that would make several reforms at the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC). Later last week, the Senate approved a similar bill with some amendments, so the measure goes back to the House for re-consideration. If the Senate version is approved by the House, HB 7109 would: 1) limit PSC commissioners to three consecutive four-year terms, 2) require annual ethics training for commissioners, and 3) prevent utilities from charging customers higher rates due to increased electrical usage related to extended billing cycles. Sen. Jack Latvala said one of the amendments added by the Senate would require the PSC to meet every two years in the service territories of regulated electric utilities. The bill also included a provision proposed by Duke Energy Florida that would allow the utility to issue securitization bonds to pay decommissioning costs for Crystal River Unit 3.
Congress Passes Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Bill
The U.S. House of Representative passed an energy efficiency bill that would require the General Services Administration and Department of Energy (DOE) to create a voluntary energy efficiency standard for commercial buildings and exempt certain water heaters from new DOE energy efficiency requirements. The Senate passed a similar bill a few weeks ago. The bill now heads to President Obama for his approval, which is likely.
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