A weekly e-newsletter for FMPA members
Aug. 10, 2015
FMPA Named a Top Company for Working Families
FMPA was named by the Orlando Sentinel last Friday as one of the Top 100 Companies for Working Families in Central Florida. The program recognizes companies that demonstrate a commitment to family and work-life balance. Companies are ranked based on core benefits, family-related benefits, work environment, communication and training. This is the fourth consecutive year that FMPA has been named to the list. FMPA was ranked 10th of all companies with 99 or fewer employees. FMPA also congratulates Kissimmee Utility Authority and Orlando Utilities Commission, which also were named to the Top 100. Contact: Mark McCain
All-Requirements Project July Load Statistics
The All-Requirements Project’s non-Contract Rate of Delivery peak for July was 1,136 MW, which occurred July 10 between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The project’s load factor for July was 69%. Load factor is a ratio of actual energy (MWh) used during the period versus what would have been consumed if demand was at peak for the entire period. A higher load factor indicates more effective system utilization and results in lower average costs. The month’s peak was 101% of the budgeted peak, and energy was 103% of the budget. A graph showing the All-Requirements Project hourly load for July is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Jim Atz
Cane Island Power Park
All four units at Cane Island Power Park undergo annual emissions testing Monday through Thursday for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Contact: David Schumann
Audit and Risk Oversight Committee
The Audit and Risk Oversight Committee meets Thursday at 2 p.m. via conference call with Purvis, Gray & Company, FMPA’s exteal auditors. The auditors will discuss the results of theinterim audit of the Agency’s financial information and plans for the fiscal 2015 year end audit in October. Contact: Rich Popp
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 Aug. 9. Contact: Jim Atz
Congratulations to Sharon Adams, who celebrates 14 years with FMPA on Thursday, Aug. 13.
Congratulations to Rattanak Srun, who celebrates three years with FMPA on Thursday, Aug. 13.
FMEA Energy Connections Conference
https://fs6.formsite.com/fmea/form795801389/index.html> style=color: windowtext;>Registration is now open for the Florida Municipal Electric Association’s (FMEA) Energy Connections Conference scheduled for Nov. 5 and Nov. 6 at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando. General session topics will include communicating with customers through social media, call center management strategies, transformer fundamentals, emergency communication strategies, substation security, and more. Visit FMEA’s http://publicpower.com/energy-connections-conference/> style=color: windowtext;>website for more information.
Meter Tech Roundtable
FMPA will host a Meter Tech Roundtable on Sept. 24 at FMPA’s Orlando office. This new roundtable provides a forum for meter technicians and meter maintenance staff to discuss topics such as operating procedures, equipment, safety, training and more. The roundtable is free, and lunch will be provided. http://fmpa.com/event/meter-tech-roundtable-september-24-2015/> style=color: windowtext;>Registration is requested by Sept. 18. Participation via teleconference will be available for those unable to attend in person. Contact: Sharon Smeenk
Final Clean Power Plan Has Significant Changes
The Obama administration released last Monday the final version of the Clean Power Plan, which contains significant changes from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) initial proposal. The http://www.epa.gov/airquality/cpp/cpp-final-rule.pdf> style=font-family: ‘Georgia’,serif; color: windowtext;>final rule is 1,560 pages and quite complex. It seeks a 32% reduction in carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 2030 instead of a 30% reduction as originally proposed. Under a revised set of emissions reduction goals, states with only natural gas power plants must have an average rate of 771 lbs. per MWh, and states with only coal power generating units must have an average rate of 1,305 lbs. per MWh. EPA set emission reduction goals for all but two states, Alaska and Hawaii. Florida’s goal is 919 lbs. per MWh, a decrease of 12% from the original proposal. North Dakota’s emission reduction goal increased the most at 34.3%, and Washington’s emission reduction goal decreased the most at 34.6%. States will be required to submit plans for compliance by Sept. 6, 2016, and states will have until 2022 to begin implementing their plan for compliance.
Gant Honored by KUA for 25 Years of Service
Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) Board Member Dr. George Gant was recognized last Wednesday for his 25 years of service. Gant is a member of FMPA’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee and has served in a variety of roles on the utility board, including: director, assistant secretary, secretary, vice chairman and chairman, as well as an ex-officio member twice while serving as Kissimmee Mayor. KUA created a 25-year college scholarship in Dr. Gant’s name that will award $2,500 per year to a graduating student who resides in the KUA service territory.
NOAA Updates Hurricane Season Forecast
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) updated its forecast last Thursday for the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, calling for a 90% chance of a below-normal activity. That is the highest-confidence prediction of an uneventful season that NOAA has given in its 17 years of providing forecasts. The updated forecast includes a 70% chance of 6 to 10 named storms, of which 1 to 4 could become hurricanes, including zero to 1 major hurricanes. Forecasters attribute the high likelihood of a below-normal season to three primary factors: 1) El Niño has strengthened as predicted, 2) atmospheric conditions typically associated with El Niño are now present, and 3) below average water temperatures. The Atlantic hurricane season runs through Nov. 30.
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