FMPA Weekly | Aug. 31, 2015 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly


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Aug. 31, 2015





Correction: Stock Island Generating Facility

Stock Island Combustion Turbine Unit 4 recently completed diagnostic testing of the nitrogen oxide analyzer in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency requirements. Last week’s issue of FMPA Weekly incorrectly reported the type of testing that was completed. Contact: David Schumann


3 Phase Times

FMPA’s Power Resources Division published last Friday the July 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 July natural gas represented 83.6% of the ARP’s total resource fuel mix, a decrease of nearly 4% from June. For more information, download 3 Phase Times from the Member Portal. Contact: Frank Gaffney





Management Consultant RFQ

ARP Executive Committee Chairman Howard McKinnon and FMPA staff meet Monday via conference call with representatives from Baker Tilly to finalize a contract and work scope to assist with two recommendations from the Auditor General’s audit. Baker Tilly was the top-ranked consultant that responded to FMPA’s Request for Qualifications to assist with Findings Nos. 1 and 14. The consultant will provide analysis and recommendations on fuel hedging and the All-Requirements Project contract termination provisions. The consultant will present its initial results to the Executive Committee on Nov. 19. Contact: Nick Guarriello


InSite Redesign Kickoff

FMPA’s Public Relations and Information Technology departments meet Tuesday to kickoff planning for the redesign of InSite, FMPA’s staff intranet. The redesign aims to update the website’s technology, improve usability and refresh the design and content. Plans are to launch the redesigned site in May. Contact: Mark McCain


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. 30. Contact: Jim Atz





Lineman’s Roundtable

FMPA’s Lineman’s Roundtable is scheduled for Oct. 8 at Ocala Utility Services’ Operations Center. The roundtable provides a forum for line crews to exchange ideas on operating practices, safety, training, tools, equipment and other common issues. Attendance is free, and lunch will be provided. The> style=color: windowtext; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;>registration deadline is Sept. 30. Contact: Sharon Samuels


FMEA Energy Connections Conference

The Florida Municipal Electric Association’s (FMEA) Energy Connections Conference is 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> style=color: windowtext;>website for more information.





PSC Approves Plan for FPL to Purchase Coal Plant

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a settlement agreement between Florida Power & Light (FPL) and the Office of Public Counsel that would allow FPL to purchase and close the Cedar Bay Generating Plant. FPL announced in March that it planned to buy the coal-fired power plant for $520.5 million and then close the facility at the end of 2016. FPL entered into a long-term contract in 1988 to purchase power from the plant, but the utility said it can now generate electricity at a lower cost. Under the agreement, FPL must increase an environmental liability insurance policy from $20 million to $40 million. The settlement also reduced the amount customers will pay for the plant this year and in 2016 by approximately $30 million.



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