FMPA Weekly | July 27, 2015 | Member Edition


FMPA Weekly


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July 27, 2015





Policy Makers Liaisons Committee

FMPA’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee met last Thursday during the FMEA Annual Conference in Palm Beach and elected Mike Perri, Fort Pierce, as Chair and, Matt Thro, Town of Havana, as Vice Chair. The Committee also approved the 2015-2016 meeting schedule and reviewed the Committee’s charter. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Mark McCain


Board of Directors

FMPA’s Board of Directors met last Friday following the FMEA Annual Conference in Palm Beach and approved: 1) policy changes and other actions to address the Auditor General finding related to competitive selection, 2) an amendment to the Crystal River Unit 3 nuclear decommissioning trust fund agreement, and 3) elected Board of Directors officers for 2015-2016 (see story below). The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Nick Guarriello


ARP Executive Committee

The ARP Executive Committee met last Friday after the FMEA Annual Conference and approved: 1) a report on the All-Requirements Project Series 2015B bond issuance, 2) policy changes and other actions to address the Auditor General’s finding related to competitive selection, and 3) elected Executive Committee officers for 2015-2016 (see story below). The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Nick Guarriello


Officer Elections

FMPA’s Board of Directors and the ARP Executive Committee elected 2015-2016 officers last Friday during their scheduled meetings. The Board elected Bill Conrad, Newberry, as Chairman, Barbara Quiñones, Homestead, as Vice Chairman, Larry Matte, Kissimmee, as Treasurer, and Lynne Tejeda, Key West, as Secretary. The ARP Executive Committee re-elected Howard McKinnon, Town of Havana, as Chairman and Lynne Tejeda, Key West, as Vice Chairman. Contact: Nick Guarriello


Duke ROE Settlement

Duke Energy Florida filed a settlement agreement last Tuesday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) resolving several consolidated cases associated with Duke’s rate of retu on equity (ROE) in Duke’s transmission formula rate. The settlement resolves all complaints filed at FERC by FMPA, Seminole Electric Cooperative and Reedy Creek Improvement District. Under the terms of the settlement, Duke’s transmission customers will receive refunds, and Duke’s ROE will be reduced. FMPA’s All-Requirements Project will be refunded nearly $1.7 million, and 12 FMPA members who are not in All-Requirements will receive refunds of $1.3 million. In addition, these same entities will enjoy at least as much in savings from reduced transmission service rates going forward. Contact: Michele Jackson


3 Phase Times

FMPA’s Power Resources Division published last Friday the June 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 June a total of 59.49 kW of new renewable power generation capacity was added in Jacksonville Beach, Kissimmee, Leesburg and Ocala. The total renewable power generation capacity in All-Requirements cities is now 2,817 kW. For more information, download 3 Phase Times from the Member Portal. Contact: Frank Gaffney





Management Consulting RFQ

The ARP Executive Committee will interview on Thursday five management consulting firms who responded to FMPA’s Request for Qualifications to assist with two recommendations from the Auditor General’s audit. The firms are Baker Tilly, Mercatus Energy Advisors, NERA Economic Consulting, Stonecroft Advisors and Vista Energy Group. Interviews will begin at 9 a.m. After the interviews, the next steps are to rank the consultants and then seek to negotiate a contract with the top-ranked firm. The consultant will provide analysis and recommendations on fuel hedging and the All-Requirements Project contract termination provisions. The selected consultant will present its initial results to the Executive Committee on Nov. 19. 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 July 26. Contact: Jim Atz





ARP Telephonic Rate Workshop

The ARP Executive Committee will meet Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. via conference call for the monthly All-Requirements Project Rate Workshop. Contact: Jim Atz


Substation Training

FMPA is offering a series of classes on substation trainings with the first session scheduled for Aug. 18 and Aug. 19 at Orlando Utilities Commission’s Pershing Avenue facility. The series includes four, two-day training sessions that focus on substation safety, inspection, testing, maintenance, and protection. Session one will discuss substation safety awareness basics. Session two is scheduled for Oct. 14 and Oct. 15 and will discuss substation inspection and testing basics. Session three will be held in spring 2016 and discuss substation maintenance. Session four will be held in fall 2016 and discuss substation protection and theory. Participants can attend the entire series or individual sessions. The cost is $900 per two-day session. Registration for session one and session two is available on Contact: Sharon Smeenk





PSC Approves Duke Energy Purchase of Aubudale Plant

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) approved Duke Energy Florida’s plan to purchase the Osprey Energy Center from Calpine Corp. PSC staff found Duke’s agreement to purchase the 600 MW natural gas power plant to be the most cost-effective way to meet the utility’s generation needs prior to 2018. If Duke is unable to acquire the plant under the terms of the approved sales agreement, the PSC authorized Duke’s alteative plan to build a new power plant in Suwannee County. Duke must obtain approvals from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. Duke hopes to close on the purchase in January 2017.



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